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Review: Esteco modeFrontier 2014 - uses schematically led UI to build optimization routines that link into CAD, wide variety of simulation solvers, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 24, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Teradici Workstation Access Software - purpose-built tool uses established PCoIP protocol to add remote access capability to 3D CAD desktop workstation on demand, can support up to 2 monitors, available for $199, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, Nov 21, 2014 (more MCAD articles, AEC articles)

I Want to Learn ArchiCAD, Where Do I Start? - take old project, redo it in ArchiCAD, watch ArchiCAD YouTube videos, watch over coworker's shoulder, find mentor, consider training, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Nov 24, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Create Geometry from an Imported Mesh - advantages of creating geometry from mesh feature in COMSOL Multiphysics, Andrew Griesmer, COMSOL Blog, Nov 24, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

PTC Parlays Acquisitions into Systems Engineering Payoff - systems engineering applications integrate Integrity application lifecycle management products with Atego's model-based systems engineering solution, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Nov 24, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Pros and Cons of Solid State Drives for CAD Workstations - SSDs are more tolerant of environmental roughness, HDDs offer comparatively more storage capacity at lower cost, CADspeed, Nov 24, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Automation Error: Drawing is Busy When Trying to Save a DWG File - check files linked to acaddoc.lsp, acad.fas for existence of any virus, locate support folder inside product installation file in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Find Your Serial Number and Product Key in Your Autodesk Account - open 'other downloads' link in Autodesk account to access software downloads for maintenance subscription contracts, visit product & services list of desktop subscription account to avail serial number, product key, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 17, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Creating 'Cloned to Be Different' - draw surrounding box building, employ modeling tools to create structure of floor, select materials to be used in scene before rendering scene in 3ds Max, Tamas Medve, 3DTotal, Nov 24, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Drawing Coordinate Systems and Camera - apply ModelToSheetSpace() function to transform point from one coordinate system to other, transformation matrix to transform direction in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Add Enlarged Detail to Your Drawing - create, place enlarged detail view on drawing, right-click on fence shape, select smooth cutout shape, pick attach followed by object in view to allow fence stay tied to view in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Nov 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Section Participation of Components in Crop Drawing Views has No Effect - select view, update view after changing section participation of components, else generate breakout, crop view before changing section participation of components in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

The ABCs of MEP Construction Modeling, Pt 1 - trade contractor modeling with focus on MEP trades, need to adjust quality of construction drawings, coordination role of construction managers, tips to review construction documents, map out systems, mark-up documents in Revit, Matt Stachoni, AUGI Library, Nov 24, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Revit 2015 R2 Structural Framing Quirk - right click on member to avail option to 'flip structural framing ends,' flip or remove one end of beam if it is utilizing attachment value, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Nov 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Tutorial - Angled Arched Beams - open basic template structural file, use workplane to set model before creating revolve in Revit, YouTube, Nov 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS API: Easy Macros - Tree Display Keyboard Shortcut - open tree display settings to view configuration name, display state name of components, create new macro from tools menu before saving as .SWP type, set DIM, SET statements, show/hide display state, Rhyc Sandberg, HRS Blog, Nov 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Convert Workgroup PDM Files Task Fails to Launch After Logging In - open control panel to uninstall program, right click on SOLIDWORKS installation, choose change, select modify individual installation option from welcome screen of SOLIDWORKS installation manager, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Nov 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Introduction to Macros - tips to record macro, edit resulting code in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Review of Vectorworks 2015 - deform tool, ability to text styles by class, crop PDF pages, rectangle wall mode, faster rendering, ability to import SketchUp model, realistic landscape props, clip cube tool to make sections easily, 3D hatching for hidden line rendering, John Helm, Novedge, Nov 21, 2014 (more Vectorworks reviews)

How to Calibrate Your Load Cells on a PolyJet Desktop 3D Printer - Stratasys 3D Printer Support Tip - access 'load cell calibration' from options drop down, doing all 5 cells each time is recommended, Dominick Damato, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 21, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

First Look: PLM-Integrated Moldex3D eDesignSYNC for NX - integrated Siemens NX flow simulation tool helps users add plastic injection molding technology directly into Teamcenter PLM data, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 21, 2014 (more Teamcenter articles, PLM articles)

ANSYS Workbench Mechanical: The Body Views Features Can Be a Huge Time Saver - easily isolate contact/target body, identify missing or over defined contact regions, document contact definition, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Nov 21, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Can't Explode a Block? - run BLOCK command, select block name, tick 'allow exploding' behavior option before redefining block in AutoCAD, CAD Panacea, Nov 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

ACA 2015: Cannot Invoke (Command) from *Error* Without... - load code in every drawing to be opened, designate ACADDOC.lsp as trusted path if SECURELOAD is set to 1,else paste code in notepad before saving file with LSP extension, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Nov 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

How to Export and Import AutoCAD Tool Palettes - choose customize palette from menu, right click above palette to be copied, select export from context menu before saving file, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Nov 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Find the Midpoint Between 2 AutoCAD Objects - employ CIRCLE command, right click to select snap overrides to draw midpoint between 2 points in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Nov 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inventor - Tube & Pipe Section Views - select 'always' option in section standard parts in drawing view dialog, access sectioning options via Inventor's browser in drawing environment to turn on sectioning for pipes or pipe components, Kim Hyde, CADline, Nov 21, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Physical Properties of Large Models Containing Rectangular Pattern are Not Calculated - select solid in browser bar followed by RMB, properties, update, calculate mass/volume for each solid body, else set 'requested accuracy' to medium from low to display physical properties in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 11, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Misaligned Textures in Revit 2015 - replace Revit texture, correct size of new texture, check if texture has been sampled correctly else adjust image position offsets or rotation, Dennis Collin, CADline, Nov 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

DynamoUnfold - understanding state of code, nodes in library that allows unfolding sets of faces, surfaces, or triangulated surfaces, structure of library, unfolding vs unrolling, tips to deal with overlaps during unfolding in Revit, Michael Kirschner, Dynamo, Nov 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting Started Programming Revit, Pt 2 - employ Create.NewTag() function to tag element, place tag at center of wall to retrieve baseline of wall, create point in middle of baseline, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Nov 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Ramdrive - observe temp directory, taskmanager's processes tab to better understand status of Revit cache files, memory, press worksets button to check RAM usage, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Nov 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Analyze Spot Welds - define spot welds using connectors on car frame, define no penetration condition between parts to ensure spot weld locations get loaded, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How FEA Theory Can Save You Time - understanding linear static portion of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, running simple analysis on pliers, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Nov 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Top 5 Things You Should Know, Pt 2: Author Tab - tools for adding 2D elements into Composer project: arrow, circle, image 2D, path > create associative path from neutral, label, Scott Woods, HRS Blog, Nov 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Top 10 New Enhancements in 2015 - Surface Modeling - convert regular spline into style spline, control handle points, check new split tool to split surface bodies in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Know Your Processors: Intel Core and Xeon - Core offers capable CPUs for high-performance desktops, entry-class workstations, in addition to that, Xeon offers higher core counts per processor, support for dual-socket configurations, ECC memory support, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Nov 20, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later - 3D laser scanning technology captures 'snap-shots' of conditions before, during, after project phases, providing useful scan data, Kevin Nelson, AECbytes, Nov 20, 2014 (more reverse engineering articles)

Working with Imported CAD Designs - using different representations of same design in COMSOL Multiphysics, importing, repairing geometry, deleting smaller, larger details, creating features, Lorant Olasz, COMSOL Blog, Nov 20, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

The Continuing Relevance of Spatial's 3D Software Components - components need to be fully documented, thoroughly tested to remain effectively reusable; looking at 3D ACIS Modeler, Convergence Geometric Modeler, 3D InterOp CGM, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Nov 20, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

3D Printing Predictions for 2015 - large companies will be entering market in 2016, entrepreneurs begin to gain most from 3D printing, Philippe Chiasson, Inside 3DP, Nov 20, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

What is a CNCSimulator? - uses: quick sanity check on CAM, helps debug post, saves machine time, helps when hand writing GCode, learning GCode, Bob Warfield, YouTube, Nov 20, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Quick Tip: How to Effectively Use Associative Dimensions - set DIMASSOC variable to <2> before adding dimension to update dimension when objects are moved, apply DIMDISASSOCIATE before selecting offending dimension to disable DIMASSOC associativity in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Nov 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

AutoCAD Tables in progeCAD 2014 - Create and Edit - click either table icon in draw toolbar or select draw, table from progeCAD menu, specify row, column numbers, locate new data table before inserting table into drawing, CADCAM Blog, Nov 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD tables tutorials)

AutoCAD P&ID: Understanding Annotations - create simple annotations by dragging, dropping cell from data manager onto drawing, form compound annotations to allow greater flexibility, customization, open select block dialog before generating new annotation style, David Cruze, Hagerman & Company Blog, Nov 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

How to Work with Large Quantity Patterns in Inventor - create part, place pattern with all features, set optimized settings to reduce load on PC, form simple sketch geometry with pattern note before saving/exporting flat pattern to AutoCAD, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Nov 20, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Activating Tube & Pipe After Opening an Assembly Hangs Inventor 2014 - generate assembly variable named DYNAMIC_LOAD_APPLETS, set value to 0, else generate new assembly, open 'tube and pipe' environment in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Rotate Camera Around Any Axis Any Angle - apply SheetToModelTransform matrix to transform vector if it is in sheet space, obtain rotation center, axis before creating transformation matrix in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 20, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Stairs: Custom Shapes and Types - reset underside surface from smooth to stepped to rectify 3D view of stairs in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 20, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Username and Local Files - employ worksets to set unique user identity to Revit, change username until attempts are made to synchronize with central, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Nov 20 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Importing CAD Files and By Shared Coordinates - define shared coordinates based on first file, import other site files using positioning option 'by shared coordinates,' select disable shared positioning option if location position change warning pops up in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Nov 19 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 11: SOLIDWORKS Electrical - avail new connector wizard incorporates multiple connector types in scheme design, routing diagnostic commands to support routing, manage user roles in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Daniel Herzberg, Nov 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Render Region in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - render region tool has ability to 'preview' different materials within existing 'preview window,' Michael Lord, Nov 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

So You Received Your MySolidWorks Professional Serial Number, Now What? - login to SOLIDWORKS customer portal, locate 'register my products' link, follow steps to complete registration of MySolidWorks Professional, Adam Harte-Maxwell, Javelin Technologies, Nov 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Avoid CAD Management Traps - don't overstep authority, don't lose control of user devices, don't ignore problems, users, IT issues, don't stop asking questions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 12, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Interview with Super User Ken Grundey - being Solid Edge user, features of ST7 release, benefits from Solid Edge user community, Solid Edge at understanding needs of its customers, career advice to young CAD user, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Nov 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Thoughts on SpaceClaim Engineer 2015 - tools to select edge loops, fill holes, repair models, push-pull facets, new mesh editing tools, imprint and wrap tools, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Nov 19, 2014 (more SpaceClaim articles)

Is Your AutoCAD Acting Up? Fixing the User Profile - open registry editor, browse to software, Autodesk, AutoCAD key to view versions, right-click on each product key to rename that allows program to repair user profile, David Butts, The MEP BIM Engineer, Nov 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Tool Palettes, Design Center, and Autodesk Seek - tool palette stores blocks, images, xrefs, that can be docked, anchored, open design center tool to access design content, avail Autodesk Seek to find, preview, download BIM models, DWG files, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Nov 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2015 Tray Settings for Print Pop-Up - invoke TRAYSETTINGS command to set, modify display time of pop-ups in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Nov 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AU 2014 Handout: Using SensorTag as a Low-Cost Sensor Array for AutoCAD - install SensorTag app to connect with SensorTag device, manipulate current AutoCAD view based on spatial input from external device, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Applying Design Criteria in Civil 3D - select alignment, click on design criteria editor located in alignment contextual tab to create design criteria, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 16, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Convert Vault Project to Data Shortcuts in Civil 3D 2015 - log into Vault, right click on project located under project node, choose export to zip file, unzip project in desired location, open data shortcut editor to browse to location where project is unzipped, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, Nov 19, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Fix Light Fixture Copy Problems in Revit Ceilings - visit type properties to change surface pattern of out-of-the-box gypsum wall board material in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Nov 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revisions - set different number to revisions to make things organized, turn off cloud from previous revisions while leaving old revision tags on, check box for issue when issuing first revision in Revit, Mike Taylor, BIM Wits, Nov 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Project North Don't Do It - create point, move it to round coordinates, employ scopeboxes instead of Project north for drawing orthogonally, create as many rotations per file in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Nov 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Mobile CAD Workstations Priced Under $2,500 - Xi PowerGo XT, Dell Precision M4800, Digital Storm Krypton, EUROCOM X8, HP ZBook 15, Lenovo ThinkPad W540, MSI GT60 20KWS, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 19, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 - 15.6" 3K in-plane switching LCD display, Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, NVIDIA Quadro K2100M mobile graphics card, supports 4 displays, available for $2,215, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 18, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

The Dell Precision T1700 Entry Level Workstation Review: Worth All the Hype? - available in 2 designs: compact mini tower, small form factor design, priced under $1,000, offers solid CAD performance, CADspeed, Nov 19, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM, Pt 3: Legacy Revision Workflow - create new workflow, ensure that conditions are set to either point to single directory or exclude everything, set condition as type Filepath, build state structure before assigning appropriate revision counters, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Nov 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Where are the Other Shear Stress Simulation Plots? - ensure that shear stress plots of other orientations have exact same values as others that are available in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Nov 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Top 10 New Enhancements in 2015 - Replace Mate Entities - employ feature to replace all missing mate references in failed mates instead of repairing them one at time, YouTube, Nov 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Pop-Up ToolBar Improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - select perpendicular, tangent or equal curvature relations from pop-up toolbar in SOLIDWORKS, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Oct 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Equidistance Points & Segments in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - create sketch on front plane, bring in 3-point arc, open sketch tools, select segment from list to set sketch points/parameters, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Oct 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

BIM Level of Development - defining LOD, specifying right LOD for firm: LOD 300 for specific assemblies, LOD 350 for assemblies for coordination, LOD 400 for detailed assemblies, Mark Allphin, CENews.com, Nov 14, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Dassault Dazzles Attendees in Vegas with 3DEXPERIENCE - David Markham from Lockheed Martin talked about importance of effective collaboration, Eric De Hoff from Honda discussed importance of realistic simulations, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Nov 17, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

Choosing the Right AutoCAD Tools for the 3D Job - 3D toolset options for assigning object's thickness, modeling surfaces, solids, mesh in AutoCAD, Scott Onstott, Lynda.com, Nov 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Check Files into a Vault with the AutoCAD Vault Add-in - check in files to automatically create visualization file attachments, employ check in folder command to either add folders of existing legacy data to vault or check contents of entire folder, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 12, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles, AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Essential Shortcuts - visit customization menu to find key shortcuts, type 'X' to locate any feature, employ numbers instead of icons, apply W, E, R to move, rotate, scale objects in 3ds Max, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Nov 18, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Rotate Drawing View Around X Axis of Sheet - select base view, rotate view by setting UpVector as current view direction before calculating new target in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Highlight Assembly Interference Body - insert interference body as non-parametric body, highlight body by HighlightSet, else add interference body as client graphics in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Get Notified About Parameter Change - modify multi-value parameter, adjust ModelingEvents.OnParameterChange event when using Inventor API, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Breaking the Rules - BIMiTs Content Admin Kit has calculated parameter manager that allows user to set up sequence of rules, combining text parameters in Revit, copying host properties into hosted objects, Martijn de Riet, AUGI Library, Nov 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Who Needs Buttons When There are Snaps - avail current work plane, near cover reference, far cover reference options to place rebar in any 2D view, avail enhanced snapping capabilities, UI for structural elements, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Nov 12, 2014  (more Revit articles)

Peapods - explode geometry to create free-form solid that accepts material parameters, soften edges so that they pick up right kind of reflections in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Stair Nosing, Treads, and Stringers - open monolithic run family to access stair nosing pan profile, determine treads based on thickness, profile, material, apply tab key to modify stringers slightly after they are created in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Optimo - Optimization Algorithm for Dynamo - employ simple aggregation approach to define composite objective function, Pareto-optimal approach to support decision making by finding equally optimal solutions in Revit, Mohammad Rahmani, Dynamo, Nov 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Turning Lenovo's TS440 Tower Server Into a BIM Server - 2 USB 3.0 ports up front, quietly running fans, easy to plug, unplug Ethernet cables, traditional AMI bios without GUI, quality components with expanding options, but no spare power plugs for high-end video cards, memory is positioned perpendicularly to air flow, base price is $1,258, Bill Debevc, CADdigest.com, Nov 19, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation articles, AEC articles, CAD hardware articles)

EUROCOM X8 - 17.3" LED-backlit display, Intel Core i7-4810MQ processor NVIDIA Quadro K3100M graphics card, good storage capacity, battery life, excellent CAD performance, available for $2,448, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 18, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

HP ZBook 15 - 15.6" LCD-backlit display, Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, NVIDIA Quadro K610M graphics card, multidrive 8X DVD/CD reader and writer, excellent battery life, but low CAD performance, available for $2,499, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 18, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

MSI GT60 20KWS - 15.6" LCD-backlit high-resolution display, Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, NVIDIA Quadro K3100M graphics card, can drive 3 external monitors, ample file storage, space for 2 more drives, below-average CAD performance, battery life, available for $2,480 Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 18, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

How to Create a DXF of a Sketch in SOLIDWORKS - create, save sketch as DXF to direct from part file, else copy sketch to clipboard, delete title block in drawing before pasting sketch, Ketul Patel, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How To: Upgrade the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork Manager - locate installation media, ensure that no licenses are borrowed prior to upgrading SNL manager, transfer existing license, install, activate new version, Ashley Cheney, CADimensions Blog, Nov 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Ever Been Caught Exceeding the Limit in SOLIDWORKS - click on add sensor tool to avail option of creating simulation data, mass properties, dimension, or measurement sensor, Sam Hochberg, SolidNotes, Nov 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Top 10 New Enhancements in 2015 - Width Mate - employ feature to make telescoping assembly easier in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Reviewing the ThinkStation P300 - P300 can compete head-on with its rivals' comparable offerings, 85% efficient power supply, available for $2068, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Nov 17, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Tebis 3.5 for Manufacturing - standard billet definition tools for rectangular/cylindrical stock model, full range of 3-, 5-axis trimming tools, automill module, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 17, 2014 (more CAM articles)

User Interfaces (And What We Can Learn From Their Limitations) - discussing stages of user interface development, drawback to toolbars, cursor menus, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Nov 18, 2014 (more CAD development articles)

Analyzing Aircraft Engine Noise Through Simulation - using flow duct model in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Nov 17, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

3D Printing Potential to Change the Automotive Industry - advantages of selective laser melting for automotive industry, definition of metal 3D printing, Ralitsa Peycheva, 3dEngr.com, Nov 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Polygon Tool in Vectorworks - draw polygon between 3D objects, Jonathan Pickup, YouTube, Nov 16, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

How to Use SSO Basic Authentication in ENOVIA 3DEXPERIENCE 2014X - modify value of MX_PAM_AUTHENTICATE_CLASS with matrix.util.ServletAuthentication, set emxFramework.External.Authentication value to true, Azeem Saied, InFlow Technology, Nov 14, 2014 (more CATIA articles, PLM articles)

Autodesk Now Says Yes to Cloud-Based PDM - latest PLM 360 update incorporates core PDM-like document management capabilities, browser-based viewing technology to help non-CAD users easily display models on desktops or mobile devices, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Nov 17, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, PDM articles, cloud articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series: Blocks - How to? - understanding basic blocks used in drawing, application of BLOCK, WBLOCK, paste as block commands, compares BLOCK with WBLOCK command in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FuntionSense, Nov 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Where the Wild Things Are: Using Wildcards in the Find and Replace in AutoCAD - invoke FIND command, employ wild-card characters to broaden search in AutoCAD, Isaac Harper, What's the Word on AutoCAD, Nov 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Modify Built-In Ribbon - open AdWindows.dll file, open namespace Autodesk.Windows to avail public API in Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, Nov 17, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Understanding Civil 3D Labels and Features - open label, entity to which label points, conduct tests to ensure if label is valid, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Nov 14, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Use UpdateAndCommitItem()to Change the Category of an Item - employ UpdateFileCategories(),UpdateFolderCategories(),UpdateAndCommitItem() to change category of file, folder, item in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 17, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Export a Face on a 3D Model from Inventor to AutoCAD - select face of 3D model that is to be saved/exported, right click to select 'export face as' option, save as type to set AutoCAD drawing, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Nov 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Export a Parts List to Excel - right click on parts list, select edit parts list, export option, choose Microsoft Excel from save as type drop-down menu to export parts list from Inventor to Excel, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Nov 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Working with Different Revit View Range in a Floor Plan - open plan views drop-down from view tab to select plan region, employ sketch tool to define plan region in Revit, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Nov 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting Started Programming Revit - click on macro manager located in manage tab to create new functions, start embedded code editor to develop macros in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Nov 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Filters - discusses information, selection, view, phase filters in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Nov 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

EPDM - Licensing for EPDM 2015 - select license server to install SolidNetwork license manager, activate licenses after launching program in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Nov 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Using the SolidWorks Rx Utility - visit home, diagnostics, troubleshoot, system maintenance, add-in tab to diagnose common system issues, review problems in SOLIDWORKS, Chris Taylor, MCAD Tech Blog, Nov 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Left and Right Handed Sheet Metal Parts - create one side of part, employ mirror part tool to create other side of part before assigning different file names or part numbers to both parts in SOLIDWORKS, Sam Solloum, Design Point Solutions, Nov 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Animation Tips - filter to show keys for selected actor, create hotspot on selected component, Tony Riggs, YouTube, Nov 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

DMLS: 3 Reasons Why You Should Jump in Now - robust materials, innovation, cost stabilization, light-weighting of components, John Evans, Design and Motion, Nov 17, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Bentley Systems Technology Update - Bentley launched its new CONNECT technology, laying ground for engineering data, applications to be much more dynamic, pervasive, AEC Magazine, Nov 14, 2014 (more MicroStation articles)

'PLM Should Take Over Ownership of the Manufacturing BOM Too.' Says Siemens PLM's CEO, Chuck Grindstaff - Smart Innovation Platform contains PLM suite Teamcenter, NX CAx, digital manufacturing solution Tecnomatix, designed to work seamlessly as whole, Verdi Ogewell, ENGINEERING.com, Nov 10, 2014 (more Teamcenter articles, PLM articles)

Will This Part Clean Up? - use of CAD data, 3D digitizing technology can significantly improve overall inspection, layout accuracy, improving manufacturing processes upstream, downstream, Trevor Murcko, MoldMaking Technology, Nov 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

What Makes a Great Technical Drawing: 4 Best Practices - proof drawing for dimension accuracy, spelling, detail inclusion, minimize redundancy, be selective with information, stick to standard, 3DxBlog, Oct 22, 2014 (more engineering articles)

VS2012 Debugger Type Visualizers for ObjectARX - recent version of acad.natvis file supports AcString, AcArray, AcRxClass, AcString, CAdUiPathName, CAdUiVolumeDescriptor, resbuf, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Preserving Draworder of Entities While 'wblockcloning' the Blocks - use drawordertable API to sort entities as per source block in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Nov 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Revit Architecture: Modeling Irregular Walls - use 'model-in place' tool to manually create extrusion for wall, extrusion tool to model irregular wall, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Nov 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Futureproofing and Determining Intersecting Elements - eliminating more obsolete API usage, determining all family instances intersecting element in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Dassault and FDA Collaborate on The Living Heart Project - collaborative research agreement between FDA, Dassault on use of heart model for planning pacemaker surgery, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Nov 14, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

The Heart of 3DEXPERIENCE - Living Heart project relies on Dassault Systemes' 3D design, engineering analysis software to create interactive, beating digital heart, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Nov 14, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

In Search of the 3DEXPERIENCE - Dassault is trying to move far beyond discrete manufacturing, becoming experience lifecycle management company through 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Nov 13, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

Bringing Shared Experiences Out of the Virtual World - conference held by Dassault Systems gave glimpse of how virtual reality could help plan, build toward greater human experiences, Bryan Kramer, Nov 16, 2014 (more CATIA articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Tutorial: Fluid Flow Animation - apply texture on actor resembling presence of fluid in pipe, after adjusting scale, ratio of texture, activate textures workshop, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Nov 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Changing CAD File Names and Making Updates Still Work - Bob McGaughey, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Time to Reengineer CAE Licensing: Pay Per Core, Per Job, or On Demand? - existing CAE software vendors need to accommodate Design of Experiment (DOE) studies at reasonable cost, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Nov 13, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Bentley Systems Wants to Help Infrastructure Professionals Connect - Connect Edition software supports comprehensive project delivery, reflects inclusive workflow that encompasses all project participants, hybrid computing environment, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Nov 13, 2014 (more MicroStation articles)

SITEOPS for Civil Engineering will Beat the Best Site Planners - impressive software for site design, optimization, claims to save $15K per acre, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Nov 11, 2014 (more civil engineering articles)

DriveWorks - Using Character Codes to Jazz Up Your SOLIDWORKS Annotations - generating dynamic note that includes information about design: overall length, width, height, Ryan Dally, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 13, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

Text Tips for AutoCAD 2015 - improved mtext editor is transparent, comes with easy-to-use resizers, turn on auto bullets, numbering to activate new features, avail TextAlign command to line up single or multiline text objects, Lynn Allen, Cadalyst, Nov 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD text tutorials)

Refresh File from Vault with the AutoCAD Vault Add-in - open project manager, select file, right-click to pick 'refresh from Vault' to obtain most recent version of selected project file in AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

InfraWorks: How to Import 2D Line-Work as Coverage Areas - employ data import, choose SHP/SDF file that is created in Civil 3D/Map 3D, set type to 'coverage areas' when configuring data source, check convert closed polylines to polygons box, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

The Civil 3D Batch Drawing Converter - Better Than E-Transmit? - type civilbatchconverter command to run drawing converter, avail options for exporting/converting dwg files, explode civil objects, bind xrefs in Civil 3D, Ron Couillard, What's the Word on Civil 3D, Nov 13, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Did You Know You Can Use the End of Part Marker to Compress an Inventor File - locate end of part marker, right click on marker, choose 'move EOP to top' to push marker to top, suppress features in part, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Nov 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Warning: The File is Being Saved in a Library Folder - launch Inventor, expand libraries, remove folder in which model is to be saved in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture: Railing Extension Styles - discusses type parameters for top rail of Revit railing family, behavior of 'plus tread depth' parameter that is found in extension-beginning/bottom group, impact of termination parameter in Revit, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Nov 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Yet More Toilets - insert CAD family into massing family, draw base profile, change scale of view, create horizontal reference planes in side elevation, adjust profile shape before selecting profiles to create shape in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Relocate Project is Slight of Hand - discusses relation between project base point, survey point that start out at same location in stock templates in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Nov 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What Can 3D Printing Do for Product Development? - PolyJet, fused deposition modeling specialist, Chris Richter talks about main benefit of 3D printing to designers, to companies that design, manufacture, sell products, field testing of 3D printed products, Machine Design, Nov 13, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Manufacturing is Taking 3D Printing to the Next Level - consumers are being more demanding, designers, engineers are looking at manufacturing for help; local machine shops are embracing 3D printing technology, cadcamstuff.com, Nov 13, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Studying the Next Generation of LED Light Bulbs - enable scale feature to create model, generate plus extrusion much larger than bulb to form circuit board geometry, turn on RealView, ambient occlusion, shadows to add realistic effect to bulb in SOLIDWORKS, Franco Rotoli, CADimensions Blog, Nov 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Football Fun with SOLIDWORKS Motion - create SOLIDWORKS motion study, apply gravity, setup contact condition between goal post, ball before applying force on ball, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Nov 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to: Download the Latest SOLIDWORKS Software - login to customer portal, select 'downloads and updates' section in self-service area, visit downloads page to enter version in select version drop-down, accept agreements before downloading, installing software, Ashley Cheney, CADimensions Blog, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Equidistance Points & Segments - create sketch on front plane, set 3-point arc, select segments from sketch tools option to pick sketch points or segments, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Oct 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Introducing Inspire from solidThinking - streamlined, intuitive UI, well rounded support for importing model files, creation of solid bodies, direct editing tools, unique model shaping features, John Evans, CADdigest.com, Nov 13, 2014 (more solidThinking reviews)

Dassault Systemes User Event: Live Blog - keynote session by Ken Clayton, live demo by Michel Tellier about drone design, full Experience platform, Bernard Charles talked about Living Heart Project, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 11, 2014 (more CATIA articles)

The Tuning Fork Application - simulating coupling of tuning fork to surrounding air domain, resulting acoustic pressure wave using acoustics module in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bjorn Sjodin, COMSOL Blog, Nov 11, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Checking Hyper-Elastic Material Models - hyper-elastic response function in ANSYS helps user enter test data, use it without curve fitting, Carlos Shultz, PADT Blog, Nov 12, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

How Much Should I Model in ArchiCAD, Pt 1? - model depending on capability of modeling, model what affects decisions, details, added complexity doesn't always mean added value, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Nov 11, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

How Much Should I Model in ArchiCAD, Pt 2? - model element that is seen mostly, choose to model depending on project type, output type, collaboration requirements, don't model 3D if it is slower, unnecessary, or harder to manage, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Nov 12, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Getting Point Coordinates in UCS from MessageFilter - double-click point coordinates in pixels, device independent coordinates to WCS in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

From Model Space to Paper Space - obtain paper space viewport, extract viewport points, geometry, convert paper space points to model space points before finding scale factor based on points in AutoCAD, Augusto Goncalves, AutoCAD DevBlog, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Using Renderable Splines in 3ds Max Design - select relevant preset, choose modify followed by basic, advanced, spline rendering tabs, control jaggedness of curves by adjusting interpolation steps value, Dennis Collin, CADline, Nov 12, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Fusion 360: Promising Power, Uneven Usability - author discusses usability problems, design flaw for Fusion 360, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Nov 10, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Smooth, Automated Fastener Connections - apply bolted connection generator to create fastener connections in assembly environment, connection generator to transfer holes to each part, automate patterning of fasteners, holes with follow pattern option in Inventor, John Evans, AUGI Library, Nov 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iParts/iAssemblies Be Gone - Well Almost - place iLogic component command, component workflow, run, configure part based on parameters set in placement process in Inventor, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Nov 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Introduction to Parameters - create rectangle, employ constrain tool to add dimension, add dimensions before finishing 2D sketch, change length parameter to check change in dimensions in Inventor sketch, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Nov 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

GDI Exception Converting IPictureDisp to System.Drawing.Image & Image Stretched - employ ThumbNail property to obtain thumbnail of document, set SizeMode property to StretchImage to position image as size of picture box in Inventor, Wayne Brill, Mod the Machine, Nov 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Adding a Railing Mid-Way on to a Stair Flight - draw sketch line by snapping from mid-point of bottom tread to mid-point of top tread, else generate railings from model lines, once created select stair flight in Revit, Martin Phelps, CADline, Nov 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 Tutorial - Creating Filters for Structural Modeling and Documentation - discusses steps to create shared parameters file, project parameters, filters, view templates, application of filter dialog box in Revit, Autodesk Revit Structure, Nov 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Picking Pairs and Dimensioning Family Instance Origin - access hidden elements embedded within family instance, definition, turn on ComputeReferences, IncludeNonVisibleObjects when requesting geometry from family instances in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

A B C D Elevation Marks - tips to cheat Revit interior elevation pointer behavior, display in sheets interior elevations in desired way, Cesar Escalante, YouTube, Nov 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Change Happens - prepare radar chart to visualize priorities, bar graph gives clear picture of frequency of need, degree of change for each category, get training tools, user support methodologies in order, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 12, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

CAD Manager's Emergency Checklist - prepare project archives, software license records, software download/install files, customization files, password lists, keep all backed-up resources in an easy-to-read format, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 12, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 10: eDrawings - support for SOLIDWORKS MBD, SOLIDWORKS plastics results, easy access to custom properties window, query highlighting feature, redesigned UI aims to streamline overall workflow, Daniel Herzberg, Nov 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Top 10 New Enhancements in 2015 - Sketching - avail new sketch entities, improvements to sketching environment to make geometry creation easy in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Going Around in Bolt Circles - apply circular line by selecting 3 holes that define circle, click propagate icon to apply center marks with optional circular or radial lines in SOLIDWORKS, Art Woodbury, CAPUniversity, Nov 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using Mates in SOLIDWORKS - tips to create, apply smart mates, advanced mating options within SOLIDWORKS, Tom DiLaura, YouTube, Nov 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Trimble Dimensions 2014 - keynote speech by CEO Steven Berglund at annual user conference, SketchUp 2015 released, MEPdesigner extension for SketchUp Pro was introduced, Michael Anonuevo, CADdigest.com, Nov 11, 2014 (more AEC articles, SketchUp articles, CAD show articles)

Bentley's CONNECT Edition Explained - complex, deep common environment to extend across work groups, enterprises, without changing basic file format of products, offers Common modeling, deliverables, application environments, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Nov 11, 2014 (more MicroStation articles)

NX CAM 10 Provides More Power for Complex Parts Machining - swarf cut turbine blades for best finish, improve cutting action for 5-axis machining of rotary parts, easy-to generate 5-axis chamfering, deburring operations, Derek Hart, Siemens PLM Software Community, Nov 11, 2014 (more NX CAM articles)

3D Printing Isn't As Radical As We Thought - need for customization, 3D printable geometries add competitive advantage, high margins that can absorb added cost of 3D printing, Joel Wishkovsky, Nov 11 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Customize How the Multi-Functional Grip Menu Works - set GRIPMULTIFUNCTIONAL system variable value to 3 to access multifunctional grip options with both Ctrl-cycling, grip menu in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Make Non-Coplanar Objects Coplanar in AutoCAD - visit properties dialog to change properties of objects, else create toolbar button macro to remove 'Z' value of selected objects, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Long Plot and Non-Standard Paper Sizes - create custom paper size in application or in Windows depending on selected printer driver in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

Maintaining Layer Status When Using Nested Xrefs - visit layer properties manager, open layer states manager to export, restore layer settings in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Get Edge in Derived Part That Drives Work Point - employ ReferencedEntity property to get to original face that is in base part, else mark midpoint of edge with work point before applying FindUsingPoint inside derived part in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 11, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

2 Ways to Generate Z Depth in 3ds Max - employ Mental Ray renderer or MAXScript to create scenes, open diffuse, Z Depth pass renders in Photoshop before setting diffuse layer, blur focal distance, Uriel Deveaud, Cgtuts+, Nov 11, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Click Points Only Once - AutoCAD remembers every command user types at command prompt or dynamic input area, every point clicked or specified in drawing editor area, Emmanuel Garcia, Autodesk, Nov 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Cast-In-Place, Concrete Stairs - select monolithic stair in properties browser, adjust minimum run width during or after stair creation, modify base, top level before starting stair, adjust nosing parameters after stair is created in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

BIM Collaboration Beyond Revit, Pt 3: Revit Server, Vault Professional, and Buzzsaw - set categories, rules, lifecycle definitions, revision schemas, apply project sync tool to synchronize files between Vault, Buzzsaw, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Nov 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Magical Moving Grid Heads - select grid line, locate small annotation of 3D or 2D, click on annotation to switch it from 3D to 2D that shifts grid heads to new location in Revit, Mike Taylor, BIM Wits, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rotation by π and NewSweptBlend Using Arcs - employ any valid curve for defining swept blend extrusion path, ensure that top/bottom profiles are planar, lies in Revit XY plane, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, Pt 2 - check enhanced copy tree, move tree features, version column, permission to view private state files, duplicate file name warnings, Jennifer Bahnsen, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Using Command Button Control to Open a Web Page - visit admin tool, click on data card editor button to place button on data card, add button properties, command type, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Collaboration in Plain SOLIDWORKS - visit system options, set external references, collaboration to increase SOLIDWORKS productivity, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Drawings - Hide/Show Edges - right click in feature manager design tree, select hide/show to show hidden edges, view drawing properties dialog, pick clear selections from show hidden edges tab to remove hidden lines from features, Rachel Diane York, Fisher/Unitech, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Plastic Design to Prototype - tips to design, validate, ensure manufacturability of injection molded part in SOLIDWORKS, David Waltzman, YouTube, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - Simulation Load Case Manager - employ feature to quickly setup, evaluate variety of loading scenarios in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Orphan No More - treehouse, chain patterns features, ability to automatically flattens 3D models, asymmetrical fillets, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

CAMWorks Quick Tip: Using a Pocket to Cut Machinable Jaw Blanks - offset plane .05" off face, capture part profile on new sketch on this plane, Hunter Cordeiro, HRS Blog, Nov 10, 2014 (more CAMWorks articles)

PTC Says the Plan is Working: Q4 and FY '14 Inline with Expectations - company reported revenue of $368 million in Q4, 7% increase over same quarter last year, saw good growth in its CAD segment, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Nov 10, 2014 (more PTC articles)

MicroStation Tip: Import Linestyles Into a DGN Library - using linestyle editor dialog box, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Nov 10, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Secrets of Going from CAD, Image, DXF or STL to GCode for CNC and 3D Printing - make sure CAD software can handle DXF files, convert DXF to GCode, 3D CAD Files to GCode, image, vector artwork to GCode, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Nov 10, 2014 (more CAM articles, rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series: Blocks - What and Why? - definition, examples of blocks, linework like rectangle, circle are not blocks, reasons to use blocks in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FuntionSense, Nov 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Blocks are Your Friends - hit block in blocks palette, click on location in drawing to attach block, insert block in current active layer to inherit colors of that layer in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Nov 10, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles, AutoCAD block tutorials)

DWG Stays Free of Autodesk - court rejects Autodesk's reasons to register DWG as its trademark: advertising expenditure, consumer studies, sales success, media coverage, plagiarization attempts, long use, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Nov 11, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD industry articles)

MASSPROP Command Does Not Calculate Expected Volume for Multiple 3D Objects in AutoCAD - ensure all objects to be included in calculation are 3D solids, explode block references that contain 3D solids in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Get Sketch Block the Derived Part's Geometry is Based On - visit SolidBodies enumeration to obtain solids inside derived part, apply ReferencedEntity to get to original geometry inside original part in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Accessing Virtual Parts in Apprentice - create apprentice, open assembly, iterate through occurrences in assembly, check if occurrences is for virtual part before calling function to obtain properties in Inventor, Brian Ekins, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Error: Rendering Features are Currently Disabled - open Autodesk shared folder to edit permissions to allow Revit access, recognize materials library, else uninstall, reinstall material libraries, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

DirectShape vs Families, Category and Texture - employ DirectShape categories to create subcategories, generate one or more shared parameters to differentiate them in filters/schedules, assign materials to faces of DirectShape solids in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

DMLS: A Bumpy Road in History - history of 3D printing of metal, selective laser melting, patent rights monopoly, John Evans, Design and Motion, Nov 10, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing Innovations: 5 Fast Ones on 3D Printing - Q&A about 3D printing advancement in 2016, industry that gets most benefits, most creative use of 3D printing, biggest obstacles facing 3D printing technology, Norma Barr, Inside 3DP, Nov 10, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 3 - compare results in each subsequent analysis to determine time to stop convergence process, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Nov 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Fatigue Strength Reduction Factor - evaluate FS component to apply reduction factors to fatigue strength of selected bodies, check range of surface finish factor, loading factor, size factor in SOLIDWORKS, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Here's the Easiest Way to Move & Rotate Your Models - press, hold left, right mouse button on geometry to move, rotate models in SOLIDWORKS, Stephen Petrock, ModernTech Blog, Nov 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Clone Project - tips to copy project to new configuration in order to change settings while retaining results of previous project, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Nov 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Arena, The Cloud and the Dirty Little Secret of PLM - cloud-based Arena Exchange offers supply chain collaboration, user can invite people very quickly into collaboration, Verdi Ogewell, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 23, 2014 (more Arena PLM articles, PLM articles)

New, New Autodesk PLM 360 with Data Management - UI is more attractive, responsive, Autodesk 360 viewer is now implemented within PLM 360, check cloud enabled project data management, PLM 360 comes with traditional PDM features, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Nov 7, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

ACA: AEC Modify Tools, Pt 3 - AEC Divide - AecLineworkDivide command works on linework, mass element extrusions that have embedded profile, AEC polygons, spaces, block references that contain at least one of previously mentioned objects, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Nov 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Missing SHX Files - open file selection dialog to specify location of SHX file, avoid 'missing SHX files' to prevent missing data related to complex linetypes, purge all linetypes to delete shape file in AutoCAD, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Nov 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Nudge Your AutoCAD Objects Into Place - tip to move objects in screen without applying AutoCAD commands, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Nov 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Displaying a Graph of AutoCAD Drawing Objects Using JavaScript and .NET - allow HTML palette to connect to active drawing, provide data on entities inside modelspace, apply LINQ to query types of object from modelspace's ObjectIds, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 7, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating an Ancient Letter in 3ds Max - generate plane, unwrap UVW modifier on plane, form textures, maps, visit material editor to apply texture on paper in 3ds Max, Uriel Deveaud, Cgtuts+, Nov 7, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

The Making of Winter Light - draw sketches, create model based on drawing, employ particle system to emphasize accumulation of snow on tree branches, model icicles, create terrain before adjusting camera, lighting settings, Cihan Özkan, 3DTotal, Nov 7, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Using LAYMRG and LAYDEL in Civil 3D - employ tools to merge, delete layers if AUDIT command is run afterwards in Civil 3D, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Nov 6, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Doing Some Math to Create SurfaceContourLabelGroup - select tin surface, call custom method to add labels on each polyline extracted from surface, create list of points, label group before erasing pline in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Nov 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Weird Revit Stair Stuff - Stairs in Groups - stairs fails to highlight when group is selected, highlights everything except selection when using isolate element command in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Nov 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Room/Area Color Schemes - define area, room, space or HVAC zone to apply color scheme property, place rooms/areas once boundaries are set, assign color scheme to view in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Nov 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Schedules for Checking - create multicategory schedule, add family, type, assembly code, description fields, avoid including elements from linked files before sorting, filtering files in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Nov 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D to Revit - employ extract object surface function in Civil 3D to transform every surface contour in 3D polyline, import surfaces in Revit, open toposurface tools to select imported DWG, check layers containing polylines, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Nov 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Civil 3D tutorials)

Duravit in Point World - set up series of profiles, create form, rim, set extrusion in form, make another extrusion crossing horizontally before changing to void in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Migrating Deprecated API and 2D Boolean Operations - implement Boolean operations to make use of additional external libraries, replace ElementSet by collection of ElementId objects in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Flatten a Sheet Metal Part That Has Intentional Interference - modeling up binder clip in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Nov 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Simplify Using Porous Media - creating custom porous material, calibrating output data with lab test data, GoEngineer, YouTube, Nov 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

solidThinking Updates Inspire for 2014 - geometry simplification tools, smoothing options, slick interactive menu, mass calculations of optimized shapes, natural frequency in optimizations, good price-to-value ratio, John Evans, CADdigest.com, Nov 7, 2014 (more solidThinking reviews)

Bentley MicroStation Update is All About the Connections - MicroStation Connect Edition has ability to work with other Bentley products through Microsoft Azure Cloud platform also, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Nov 5, 2014 (more MicroStation articles)

Using Your Magic Wand: The Hidden Geometry Behind Venn Diagrams - create fills or slabs within region in ArchiCAD, place walls above existing walls that can be seen in referenced story, add contours to mesh, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Nov 5, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Improve Your Cutting Performance with NX CAM 10 for Die-Mold Machining - ability to optimize roughing patterns, customize, control cutting regions for valley rest milling, Derek Hart, Siemens PLM Software Community, Nov 6, 2014 (more NX CAM articles)

Prototyping: 3D Printing in a Nutshell - 3D printers by 3D Systems: Projet 660, ProJet 3500 HD Max, ProJet 6000, Jeremy Losaw, Edison Nation, Oct 16, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Internal Flow with CFD - CFD simulates diverse set of internal flow applications: HVAC, turbomachinery, wind tunnels, electronics cooling, materials processing, Richard Smith, Symscape, Nov 6, 2014 (more CFD articles)

How to Change the File Type Association for DWG Files - open Windows explorer, click on file types tab, select AutoCAD drawing from registered file types list to edit file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Adding More Speech Recognition to Our Stereoscopic Google Cardboard Viewer - demonstrates A360 viewer Google cardboard app that works with voice recognition, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 6, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Revit Server: Moving Projects to a New Host Server - synchronize, save to central on current host, click open dialog to clear 'create new local' checkbox, open detach model from central dialog box to detach, preserve worksets before modifying settings, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Nov 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Export Settings for DWG - visit general tab to modify export options, units & coordinates tab to specify coordinates at survey point, open layers tab to set layer options, change layers, color IDs in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Toilet Training - employ symbolic representation in plan views, set reference planes to define origin, explode 3D CAD inserts to native Revit geometry, remove unwanted edges, seams to give smoother appearance in shaded views, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Changes to How We License Enterprise PDM - visit license usage tab to verify if SolidNetWork License Manager is running, set Enterprise PDM license, click on add button to set license server, add port to server name, Matt Luedke, SolidNotes, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Should You Automate Your Entire Document Control Department? - assign part numbers to new designs, CAD files, create packages of released documents, check files properly before releasing them, create engineering change orders by automating department in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Generating Tapped Holes on Non-Planar Cylindrical Faces - generate positioning plane, select cylindrical face, another geometry to place new reference plane, pick hole type before adding relations, dimensions to 3D sketch to locate hole in SOLIDWORKS, TMS CADCentre, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to: Create a SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account - go to customer portal, create account, enter serial number, verify company information, check 'export eligibility requirements' to create account, Ashley Cheney, CADimensions Blog, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Smartcut: Using Power Select in Simulation - invoke power select tool, select faces, filter them by face color before applying pressure loading in SOLIDWORKS, Joe Galliera, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Basics of the Sweep Feature - tips to create sweep feature in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS What's New 2015 - Spline to Style Spline - differentiates splines with style splines, discusses ability to convert splines to style splines, YouTube, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Smart Components for Electrical 3D Users - employ feature to automate task of inserting component into assembly, YouTube, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Learn How to Automate with Macros in modo in 20 Minutes - adding 'mirror feature' command to existing MODO toolbar, saving command for sharing across another computer or another user, SolidSmack, Nov 5, 2014 (more modo articles)

What Materials are Used in 3D Printing? It's More Than Fantastic Plastic - 3DSystems ProX 300 printer is focused on direct metal laser sintering; Graphene is newly created material for 3D printing, Jeff Yoders, CADdigest.com, Nov 6, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Luxion KeyShot 5.1 with Patterning Tool and Customizable Materials - procedural materials offer lot of customizing options, pattern tool helps create multiple instances of same object, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Nov 5, 2014 (more KeyShot articles)

Review: Able2Extract PDF Converter 8 - converts PDF documents into wide range of formats: Microsoft Office, images, html, AutoCAD DWG, previews PDF with ability to select objects to convert, available for Mac, Linux,Windows at $99, but no recognition of layers, dimensions, text, or hatch patterns, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Nov 5, 2014 (more PDF articles, AutoCAD articles)

COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 Brings User Interface Improvements - new color scheme helps differentiate between model workflow steps, 15 multiphysics couplings are available to multiphysics node, Andrew Griesmer, COMSOL Blog, Nov 5, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

What Do Bentley and Trimble Mean by 'Construction Modeling'? - Bentley, Trimble make it easier to extract proper deliverable at construction stage while maintaining master model that will remain in tact throughout building's lifecycle, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Nov 5, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

Trimble Highlights Architecture, Civil, Construction Applications, More at Dimensions 2014 - CEO Steve Berglund talked about how Trimble is concentrating on 3 core technologies; 'Connected Farm,' 'Connected Fleet' technologies were discussed, Bill Debevc, The CAD Insider, Nov 5, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD show articles)

How to Find the Serial Numbers for Your Installed Programs - visit 'about AutoCAD' section, click product information, employ 3rd party utility like Belarc Advisor to obtain serial number, check available services for arresting compliance issues, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Nov 5, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Is InfraWorks Taking Over? - allows preparing project by creating storyboard, 3D flythrough, search any area with model builder within InfraWorks, import IMX into Civil 3D, use SketchUp models easily, Shawn Herring, AUGI Library, Nov 5, 2014 (more Civil 3D articles)

This is Why Revit 2015 Content Libraries Takes a Long Time to Install - copy/share content from other computer, upgrade old contents, employ content batch utility to upgrade multiple files automatically, install bulk file upgrader to avoid downloading Revit content libraries, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Get a Host and Riser Out of Annotation - insert data row tool in new location, select host for tags tool, apply stair tread/riser number tool to control parameters in properties palette before placing annotation, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Creating Topography Contours and Building Masses - copy TextForPartialMap folder to any folder, clean Revit architecture project before going to level 1 view, run application from add-in manager in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Create Curtain Wall Tag Looks Identical to Window Tag - create curtain wall tag, copy line work from window tag, paste window tag line work to curtain wall tag, save, load family before replacing curtain wall tag in Revit, Learning Revit, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Vary Numbers of Points Adaptive Components - redefine location of adaptive points when placed in project so that it forms adaptive shape, report variable parameters, make lines invisible unless placed at same level in Revit, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Nov 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 9: Drawings & Detailing - avail enhanced centermark, angular dimension, zoom drawing sheet with zoom to sheet command, layer properties to omit layers from print, paragraph properties, spline leader, improved drawing zones, location labels, Daniel Herzberg, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

3DQuickPress V6 What's New - Unfold QuickForm Flange Tool - click on 3DQuickForm flange tool icon, select pink flange faces followed by blue faces in faces selection window, pick punch direction, enter material type, thickness before creating unfolded surface in SOLIDWORKS, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Introducing EXALEAD OnePart - Your Window to Information - find information by shape, description, value or attribute, install Enterprise PDM or Workgroup to allow OnePart scan vault, multiple vaults, Lawrence Checchi, CAPUniversity, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using the Gas Dynamic Calculator in Flow - visit flow drop down menu located in calculator tools menu to open table, check preview box to check formula created, export results of calculations by using report function in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Rollback Functionality - tips to revert file back to selected point in history, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Re-Orient an Imported File - method to create new coordinate system on imported parts that may have improper alignment to existing planes, Jay Pierson, YouTube, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Engineering Monitor Review: 2 Great Images - 27" BenQ BL2710, 32" BenQ BL3200 offer feature-rich 2560×1440 resolution displays, 16:9 aspect ratio, full range of input ports at affordable price, display pivot software features picture mode that automatically changes color temperature, brightness, contrast settings to best match program being used, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2014 (more LCD display reviews)

VBA Tip: Maximize the MicroStation ElementEnumerator - code showing different ways to build ElementEnumerator in one routine, then passing it to another for processing, Rod Wing, Envision CAD, Nov 4, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Comparing Drawings, Models and PCBs with PTC Creo View - 2-color comparison mode to highlight differences in 2D drawings, 3D comparison feature rapidly computes graphical, volume differences between 3D parts, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Nov 4, 2014 (more Creo articles)

NX CAM 10 Offers a Powerful Solution for Prismatic Parts Machining - easily chamfer many holes, efficiently drill large sets of holes, reduce tool changes, machine travel when machining features, Derek Hart, Siemens PLM Software Community, Nov 3, 2014 (more NX CAM articles)

Virtualization - What is It and Why You Want It - engineering company could take control of its computers, having centralized computing makes backups easier, more security, freedom to work from anywhere, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Nov 4, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, cloud articles)

Missing Tool Palette Groups in AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD MEP - select profiles tab to set status of appropriate profile as current, load content pack if required profile is absent in profiles tab, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials, AutoCAD MEP articles)

Read/Write Custom Drawing Properties Without Opening Drawing in AutoCAD - create .Net plugin that references acdbmgd.dll, accoremgd.dll, generate script to file to load plugin, invoke custom command before saving script in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Nov 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

A Digital Prototyping Walkthrough - Welded Assemblies - ensure if all parts are in weldment assembly, position components in weldment assembly, launch weld placement environment, groove weld with multiple selections before finishing mating welds in Inventor, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Nov 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Serious Error: adskassetapi_new-5_2.dll Does Not Exist - place both 32 bit dll files inside Bin32 folder to solve issue in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 4, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Landscapeforms Equinox Umbrella - model frame structure beneath shade, ensure if required type parameters for valance edge, surface mount stand is available in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How Many Times Has a View Been Called? - hide call out on first sheet to reveal next sheet in list in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Nov 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Coupling Structural Mechanics Interfaces - modeling reading table using COMSOL Multiphysics, methods for coupling: built-in coupling features, using prescribed displacement, renaming dependent variables, multibody attachments, Ashish Kumar Singh, COMSOL Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

5 Steps to Large-Scale FE Models - divide up assembly into modular components, create component alignment, tag attributes, implement assembly contact, follow guidelines, document, Eric Stamper, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Intelligent Drawing Sheet Zones in 2015 - access sheet format, click on 'edit sheet format' option to establish zone lines, add zones before using them in notes, annotations, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide, Pt 4: Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation - visit installation manager, enter composer, composer player pro, SOLIDWORKS plastics, flow simulation serial numbers to install products, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 - Excel Export/Import - open project configurations window to create new Excel template, select Excel template to be exported, modify data within Excel before importing files to update project data, Julien Boissat, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Complex Curved Shapes Made Simple - uncheck 'merge results' box in second extruded boss to create multiple co-existing bodies, invoke combine command once part attains desired elements in SOLIDWORKS, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Exploring Reference Dialog - right click on user node to access reference dialog, click on settings dialog box, reference dialog to select options that control behavior of reference dialog box in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Tips for a Successful Upgrade - create backups before upgrading machine, check tips before activating licenses in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Ralph Gillis, CADD Edge, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Changing Spin Box Increments in a Dimension - click in dimension, reset spin increment value rather than adjusting global setting, Jay Pierson, YouTube, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Now Bentley CONNECTs with Trimble - Bentley and Trimble are pooling resources for product development: sharing schemas across design, construction application, leveraging some common modeling software for virtual, physical alignment, Paul Wilkinson, Extranet Evolution, Nov 3, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

3D Printing's New Materials, Pt 2: Metal - developments in metals, activity with standards organizations, technology resources, market implications behind these processes, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Aras Launches Mobile Strategy to Expand PLM User Base - Aras Flow mobile app combines ease of social collaboration with compliance-grade security; Component Finder mobile app is component search tool based on ARAS, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Nov 2, 2014 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Entrepreneurial Software from India - DSTools from DesignSense Software Technologies does the die set design in 3D, generates 2D drawings from 3D models, so that die sets can be manufactured, runs inside SOLIDWORKS, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Oct 28, 2014 (more CAD development articles)

Site Modeling Changes in Vectorworks 2015 - site modeling improvements, new road tools to make roads of various shapes, Jonathan Pickup, Archoncad, Nov 4, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

AutoCAD Electrical: A New Twist on Multiple Catalog Part Assemblies - open panel drawing, insert fuse from schematic drawing, employ secondary catalog to manage custom content for multiple users before placing footprint in footprint dialog box, Rick France, Hagerman & Company Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Getting the Most Out of the Slate Material Editor - open material editor to view entirety of materials, set up interface, drag/drop material into map, connect bitmap to multiple material inputs, organize things in views, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Nov 3, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Navisworks Import of a Revit Site Designer Surface - open file in Navisworks, select HUD button in view tab to check coordinates, pick steering wheel in navigation bar before attempting to move pivot point, James Philip, CADline, Oct 31, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

What Is It Made of? - Issue with Gravity Pipe Materials in 2015 - invoke content builder command, open catalog pipe, content builder panel, right-click on size parameters to select add, pick material from new parameter box before closing pipe catalog in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Alignment Curve Mid Point Coordinates - determine center point location, PI point, check difference in northing, easting between 2 values, obtain distance of leg of triangle before attempting to add/subtract expressions in Civil 3D, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, Nov 2, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How Precise is Precise? Changing Measure Precision in Autodesk Inventor - visit tools tab to open document settings dialog, adjust 'linear dim display precision' value to change measure precision for document, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Nov 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Delete Linked Image File from Title Block - code to remove image programmatically from drawing's title block in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

How To: Create 2D Sketches in Autodesk Inventor - select either new part or 'my templates' option, start 2D sketch to pick plane, utilize projected reference to dimension, create symmetry constraints, Adam Cooper, Infinite Skills Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Structural - Architectural Wall Coordination - check wall usage by applying filters to view, transfer view templates, filters into model, convert walls to parts, turn off architectural finishes before linking another model to current Revit model, Philip Russo, AUGI Library, Nov 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Server: Alternate Project Upgrade Process - open 2 instances of windows explorer in Revit server host machine, point to current, new version of projects folder before ensuring that permissions didn't get changed on copied folder, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

BIM Collaboration Beyond Revit, Pt 2: Revit Server and Vault Professional - visit mapping tab to check location of central file in Revit server, sharing tab allows Revit client to specify frequency of uploads to Vault before Revit, Vault server communicates, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Nov 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Concrete Setout Points for Revit Structure 2015 - retrieve first non-empty solid for available element, obtain geometry from symbol if solids are absent in some columns in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Testing Simulation with Cloud Computing - comparison of desktop, cloud, HPC solving options, virtual valve test, benefits of cloud, Mark Lobo, Jon den Hartog, Derrek Cooper & Wolfgang Gentzsch, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles, cloud articles)

Multiscale Reactors: Cleaning the Flows - Reactive Pellet Bed feature in COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.0 to handle detailed computational model of packed bed reactor, Niklas Rom, COMSOL Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

5 FEA Simulation Horrors for Halloween - pumpkin loading, bat flow, linear ghost, zombie contact, Halloween simulation black cat, FEA for All, Oct 31, 2014 (more FEA articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide, Pt 2: SNL Installation - launch license manager, activate product before adding exceptions in firewall options in SOLIDWORKS, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tech Tip: Preview Versions from the History Dialogue - select version of history dialog, employ view command to open version in eDrawings, look back to version 2 to verify if color modified looks correct in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Review - has Intel Xeon E3-1276v3 CPU, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card, solid configuration, ease of use make this sturdy machine quite suitable for kinds of daily engineering tasks, Melanie Perry, CADdigest.com, Nov 3, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

DMLS: The Exciting Maturity of 3D Printed Metal - processes of metals additive manufacturing: selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, electron beam melting, selective laser melting, John Evans, Design and Motion, Nov 3, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

HP Sets Sights on 3D Printing Again with Homegrown Technology - Multi Jet Fusion printing uses set of jet modules, each with its own series of inkjets, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Nov 2, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Future of CAD Workstations - mobility, security, cloud solutions, more memory, CPU power, video processing power, standardization, voice control are emerging trends for future workstations, CADspeed, Nov 2, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

DraftSight Screw Connections - creating fastener stack-ups in DraftSight as well as documenting them with balloons, bills of materials, YouTube, Oct 23, 2014 (more DraftSight articles)

One AutoCAD Dimension Style, Different Appearances - benefits of creating child dimension style: Less dimension styles to manage, no need to change dimension style when creating different dimension type, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Oct 31, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Meters to Inches - select set of objects, rescale objects automatically, employ 14 decimal places instead of simpler 39.3701 version found in conversion tables to minimize error in AutoCAD, Emmanuel Garcia, caddguru, Nov 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD units tutorials)

Error: Bad Profile File is Specified in the Command Line in AutoCAD - visit profiles tab to delete named profile listed in error message, import working backup copy of profile before re-launching program, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Alignment Sample Line Intersection - select, open alignments to read, draw AutoCAD DBPoints at each intersection in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Oct 31, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Borrow a Network License - launch program to be borrowed, visit help menu to locate about section of product, click 'borrow license' button located in product license information window, Amanda Abbott-Wiemann, MasterGraphics, Oct 31, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Change Autodesk Inventor Units - open drawing file, click on units located inside document settings window, change units before saving back template, maintain backup of current template files to avoid file from getting overwritten, Clinton Brown, CADline, Oct 31, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Vault Ribbon Disappears After Opening a File in Inventor - open addin manager inside tools menu, show hidden members option, select EDM Addin, set load behavior to load automatically, unload second EDM Addin if available, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 31, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Coordinate Your Revit BIM Off - keep files loaded, visible in project when working with federated models, encourage communication, hire contractor early to avoid coordination issues, observe meetings to resolve interferences, gaps, misalignments, general model problems, Daniel McFarland, AUGI Library, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

2D BIM - create parametric detail items representing 3 main pod types, set dimensions, generate variations by duplicating views with detailing or by simply swapping out family types in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit LT - Is It Any Good? - lacks improved 3D architectural modeling, links, views, collaboration tools available in Revit, but opens worksetted file, retains worksets, comes with design options, suitable for creating contents in isolation or for non-Revit users, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Nov 2, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Importing a Land.xml File into Revit 2015 - load site designer plug-in from subscription center, select 'import LandXML' tool from site designer tab, select file to import, pick named surface from toposurface selection dialog before adding new toposurface button, James Philip, CADline, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rotating a Ceiling Grid in Revit Architecture - visit ceiling properties window to ensure that correct ceiling type in set, apply automatic ceiling or sketch ceiling tools to place ceiling, invoke edit boundary command to remove old ceiling boundary, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

NewCrossFitting Connection Order - element extension method, GetCurve, for Revit API Element class to provide direct access to geometrical Curve element encapsulated in element location property, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating 3D Printable Vampire Fangs Using SOLIDWORKS - modeling some creepy custom vampire teeth, Solid Professor Blog, Oct 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Announcing MySolidWorks - 120 online training modules, MySolidWorks drive connects cloud-based file storage services, manufacturing network connects SOLIDWORKS users, reliable manufacturers with manufacturing information, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Dassault Systemes is Merging PLM and ERP Together, Covering Continuous and Non-Continuous Processes - Q&A with Stephane Declee of Dassault Systemes about state of development of energy industry in Russia, level of centralization, merging PLM and ERP, nuclear power industry of Russia, Alexey Ershov, isicad, Oct 30, 2014 (more PLM articles, CAD industry articles)

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Review - sturdy, reliable workstation is well-designed for workplace, has Xeon E3-1200 processor, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card, Flex module is designed to allow for flexible arrangement of I/O ports on front of computer, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Oct 31, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

The 'Internet of Things' in AEC - 2 aspects to be considered: design of building, tools used for design; IoT focuses on lifecycle management phase offering process efficiencies, potential savings, environmental benefits, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Oct 30, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Does Thunderbolt I/O Have a Place in CAD Workstations? - Thunderbolt 2 storage solution is useful when dealing with big datasets, security of RAID redundancy, uncompromised performance is needed, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Oct 30, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

What's New from HSMWorks 2015 - high-end roughing strategy, more CPU power, better visual performance for simulation, Lars Christensen, cadcamstuff.com, Oct 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles, CAM articles)

The Unstoppable Designer - Autodesk Inventor user Matt Rifenburg talks about starting his engineering career, learning Inventor, AutoCAD, pursuing engineering degree program at age of 52, Cornell Laboratory, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Oct 30, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: WBLOCK & Sharing Blocks to Other Drawings - select block to be copied, choose option from clipboard flyout to copy, cut, paste objects, apply INSERT, WBLOCK commands to insert block, export drawing to specific file, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Oct 31, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Access P3dLineGroup of a Plant 3D Pipe - employ data links manager to obtain RowId from Pipe ObjectId, search row in P3dLineGroupPartRelationship table where part equals RowId, Augusto Goncalves, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles, AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Vault Performance Tip - Don't Access the Server in a Loop - batch up entities to retrieve properties for group or batch of files, make single call to obtain property values, parent folders, individually process results returned from server, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 30, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Plan Notes: The Basics and Some Tricks - text parameters inside plan note allows flexibility of using any character in key, form entirely new family to create plan note, add general notes to schedules in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Fill Walls - apply drafting fill pattern to fill wall, edit wall properties to change course view, adjust cut property to set appearance of material, visibility graphics dialogue to change pattern of walls, Revit object, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Oct 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Curtainwall Doors - build curtain wall, select panel where door is to be inserted, change type of panel to wall, select door button, door type before placing door into panel that is changed into wall, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Oct 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Override the Lineweight of a Nested Generic Annotation in a Linked File While Working in a Host File - set family category to halftone to override linked, nested generic annotation, tick 'replace halftone with thin lines' option while printing in Revit, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide, Pt 3: Electrical Installation - click on product selection menu, more button on summary page to turn on products, configure locations, set SQL server if it has not been set before, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Selection Techniques for Sheet Metal or Weldment Parts in Assemblies - select advanced select from select consolidation menu, fill out parameters to define search criteria, save criteria, click on manage searches tab to identify searches that is added to favorites in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Oct 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Where Do I Download SolidNetwork (SNL) Manager? - log-in to SOLIDWORKS customer portal, click 'downloads and updates' link, select latest version, accept licensing agreements, confirm language, SOLIDWORKS product before clicking SNL manager to download, Saeed Mojarad, Javelin Technologies, Oct 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit - employ bolts to set failure load equivalent of nail pull out force, add door frame to house walls, reduce door flex at door latch, Stephen Endersby, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Using Batch Manager to Run Multiple Studies - tips to setup multiple analysis jobs to run immediately or at later time, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Oct 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The 7 Most Popular Architectural Visualization Styles - Mad Max, Whodunit, David, Paranormal Activity, Gondry, Theodore, Katherine Heigl, Lidija Grozdanic, Architizer, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles, visualization articles)

Using Slice Plots to Show Results on Cross-Sectional Surfaces - visualizing fluid flow across pipe, creating slice plots in COMSOL Multiphysics, defining right plane, Lexi Carver, COMSOL Blog, Oct 29, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise, Pt 2 - evaluating processes, tools; key aspects to consider with regard to tools: creation, management, delivery of annotated models, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 29, 2014 (more 2D to 3D articles)

ArchiCAD Connection Add-In for Revit 2015 - imports all attributes, properties, classification reference data of IFC model elements as schedulable Revit parameters, exports elements based on Revit's phase status, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Oct 29, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles, Revit articles)

Twin Peas of Different Pods - Bricsys sees no future in mobile CAD, sees part of its future in 3D MCAD; Graebert is going all out with its ARES Touch software on Android, expressed interest in developing 2D MCAD,  Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Oct 28, 2014 (more Bricscad articles, ARES articles)

What is BricsCAD BIM & How Does It Work? - BIM in BricsCAD is tightly based on direct modeling, 3D constraints technology, 3D Solid can be used in BIM model, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, Oct 29, 2014 (more Bricscad articles, AEC articles)

Are IT Managers Ready for CAD Management? - should have background in science, engineering, architecture, and/or systems development, ability to handle cost accounting, document revision, control, project planning, CADspeed, Oct 29, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

The Ways of Viewing You Might Not Know About - visit drawing tools menu to set 2D, 3D wireframe, 3D solid view styles, manipulate view angle, layout, click on home view button to reset default drawing view in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Oct 27, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Adding Text in Paperspace to Reflect the Viewport - type regen to change viewport scale, insert scale text field into titleblock to automatically update viewport scale in AutoCAD, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

Why It's Important to Have an Organized Structure for Inventor and a Properly Configured Project File, Pt 2 - tips to obtain project info, include another project file, edit styles library, availability of active appearance libraries, assessing non library/library files from shared network location, folder options, Mark Lancaster, Synergis, Oct 29, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

Vault 2015 with Civil 3D - Where are My Projects? - select 'add or remove features' in control panel, pick AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 add-in, click update to install Civil 3D add-in, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Oct 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Don't Limit Yourself, Reveal the Constraints - modified reference other view functionality, PDF export enhancements, thin line tools, ability to reveal constraints, Kyle Chumas, CADLearning, Oct 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Tick Tock - set appendices containing latest set of drawing sheets, coordinated set of plans, elevations, sections as required, apply double dome strategy to create adequate depth for well triangulated supporting framework in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Dimensions Tutorial - understanding temporary vs permanent dimensions in Revit, Solid Professor Blog, Oct 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 8: Costing - employ costing sensors available in sensor tool to track cost of various aspects of part, new costing mechanical process to estimate costs for 3D printing, castings, plastic, weldments before production, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

7 Things You'll Miss About SOLIDWORKS 2015 - avail new features like midpoint line, relations from sketch points, parent/child arrows, check option to change feature pattern to body pattern, work on multiple flow projects, view selector cube, Jason Pancoast, CAPUniversity, Oct 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide, Pt 1: Individual Installation - go to SOLIDWORKS customer portal to select log in button, click 'register my products' link after signing in to account, choose 2015 as version in downloads page before installing, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Generating Reports - tips to automatically generate PowerPoint file or Word document to communicate results of analysis to others inside organization, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Using Model Manager to Copy Projects - process to utilize model manager command inside SOLIDWORKS plastics to copy project, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Batch Run - method to solve sets of projects in prescribed order or simultaneously using batch run command, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials

Adobe Bets Big on Mobile, Casts a Bigger Net - new mobile SDK was officially rolled out to developers at Adobe Max conference; Adobe has been creating its own apps with SDK, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Oct 27, 2014 (more Photoshop articles)

3D Interactive Visualization of Part Revisions - interactive method to view ShipConstructor part revisions, creating interactive visual model, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 27, 2014 (more visualization articles)

Tips to Improve Your Product Idea Submissions: CAD Drawings - think about parts, not just the whole, save all editions of designs, don't spend too much time or money, spend time researching idea, Edison Nation, Sep 25, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Autodesk's Attempts to Spark a 3D Printing Revolution - reference 3D printer Ember has average resolution of 10 microns, uses photo-cured resin as primary printing material, Rakesh Sharma, Yahoo.com, Oct 27, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Tips & Tricks for AutoCAD Architecture 2015 - ways to access file tabs, command preview, Autodesk ReCap, lasso selection for objects, set geographic location, text alignment, point clouds, layer merge, design feed palette, smooth line display, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Oct 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Selected Items in Dialog Boxes Appear Faint - open Windows desktop personalization options menu, open color mixing palette to select window color, change color of selected items in AutoCAD dialog boxes, Geoff Woodhead, CADline, Oct 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials, Autodesk articles)

One Step Forward, One Step Back - Creating Dynamic Match Line Blocks - create dynamic block that duplicates appearance of match lines, insert field to label next sheet number in Civil 3D, Jeff Bartels, Talking Transportation, Oct 17, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Adding Speech Recognition to Our Stereoscopic Google Cardboard Viewer - populate initial UI, replace any underscores with spaces, add buttons with spaces under it, obtain access token from internal web-service API before creating, initializing viewers in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Vault - DWG Check-in Problems - examine contents of UNDDACAD directory on all ADMS, check file date, invoke IISRESET/STOP in command prompt before moving 'UNDDACAD.ac$' out of directory, Chris Turner, CADline, Oct 28, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Editing Keyboard Shortcuts in Navisworks - make backup of RoamerCommands.xml file, edit it in text editor, modify file if needed before saving it, restart Navisworks to check if keyboard shortcut works, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Oct 28, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Surface Texture Symbol with Predefined Texts and Symbols - add Russian ESKD standard to Inventor, open add-in manager dialog to enable loading of ESKD support module, CADforum, Oct 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Expand Browser and Select Part by Selecting Edge in Drawing View - obtain selected curve from select set, get model geometry represented by DrawingCurve, check if returned object supports ContainingOccurrence property in Inventor, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copy/Monitor Between Site/Electrical - link site, electrical files together before implementing copy/monitor, ensure that lightning is level-based, place electrical file elements on workset that is not visible in most views in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

BIM Collaboration Beyond Revit, Pt 1: Revit Server - keep data as close to end user as possible, visit Revit server administrator site to administer Revit servers in network, connect instance of local accelerator once server network gets connected, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Oct 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 7 - check if lines being connected in order or sequence or end-to-end in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 8 - check layerOption value, assign layer to centerlines in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

3D Sketching - tips to model 3D files in Solid Edge, YouTube, Oct 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Drawing View Labels Enhanced in SOLIDWORKS 2014 - check 'add view label' option on view creation to add view label to new orthographic views, select other, views from document properties to automatically add view labels, Matt Lorono, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Oct 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Correcting File Paths After an Upgrade - employ copy settings wizard to save current settings, apply replace command to search for file path before replacing it with another path in SOLIDWORKS, Dave Murray, CADimensions Blog, Oct 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

I Didn't Know You Could Do That: Open Dialog Box Edition - hold ctrl key to select multiple files together for opening, right click on file to copy, paste, rename files in SOLIDWORKS, John Setzer, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Oct 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3D Printing Issues and Challenges: 3D Printers - consumer 3D printers should be priced at consumer level, affordable to run, must have after sales support, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 27, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Unlocking Innovation with 3D Printing - idea behind 3D printing products must consider cost of design, prototyping, packaging, mold making to avoid initial roadblocks, access retailing factors before releasing new 3D printed product in market, John Hauer, Inside 3DP, Oct 27, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Modeling Complex Transitions  - tips to model smooth transitions using combinations of fillets, sweeps, network surfaces in Rhino, vimeo, Oct 2014 (more Rhino tutorials)

5 Reasons Why it's Hard to Replace Excel with PLM - aspect of security, universality, handles complexity of integration, Existing copies, customers', system integrators' demand to get Excel, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Oct 26, 2014 (more PLM articles)

The Truth About Direct and Parametric Modeling - direct editing tools built into history-based model are powerful, easy ways to edit geometry, Al Dean, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Bleak Results From Equity in Architecture Survey Fuel Desire for Change - survey revealed reasons for lower percentage of women in architectural practice; challenges to profession: long, inflexible hours, underpayment, arduous licensure process, Yuki Bowman, Architectural Record, Oct 23, 2014 (more AEC articles, Jobs and Careers articles)

Google's BIM-Busting App for Design and Construction - Flux platform to address urban population growth, considering concept of building seed, using data to improve built environment, Randy Deutsch, BIM + Integrated Design, Oct 24, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Startup on the Danube Aims to Simplify Building Survey Process - OrthoGraph Architect 3D mobile app for iPad works with laser scanner device to survey existing building quickly, available for 'professional' price, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Oct 28, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD development articles)

Viewing Changes in Vectorworks 2015  - improved transitions, new user preference allows controlling time of view transition, enhanced wireframe view transition prevents complex objects from getting reverted to simple boxes, Jonathan Pickup, You Tube, Oct 24, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

How to Use Circle Command in AutoCAD - click circle button to select circle tool, check 6 different options to draw circle - center radius, center diameter, 2 point, 3 point, 'tan, tan, radius,' 'tan, tan, tan,' Muhammad Arslan, Mechanical 360, Oct 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

Get the Right Offset Gap in AutoCAD - create simple offset in closed polyline, set OFFSETGAPTYPE to 1 or 2 from default 0 to check results in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Oct 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Vault Just Overwrote My File - set 'old versions to keep on save' to equal 5 on all Vault project files, apply undo tools or press ctrl+Z to recover deleted file in Windows 7, 8, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 27, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Missing or Hidden Dialog Boxes in AutoCAD - employ arrow keys to move over AutoCAD Civil 3D icon that allows selection, completion of command in AutoCAD, Steven Hill, Beyond Civil3D, Oct 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD tipsCivil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor: Copy Items Between Sheets Easily - visit graphics window to copy items, pick sheet header in browser to paste in context menu, else drag to copy items before dropping them between sheets, John Evans, Design and Motion, Oct 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Sheet Metal From-To Option - employ extrude from 3D model tools on ribbon to use surface option, start sketch on surface to project surface boundaries, apply flange tool to create needed flanges in Inventor, Charles Parnell, Cadalyst, Oct 27, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

IMAGINiT Revit Utilities: Concatenator Tool - visit mange tab to add project parameter, pick concatenator tool, visit target parameter drop down to select door size parameter before selecting width, thickness from expression list, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Renumber Revit Views on Sheets - open sheet with views to be renumbered, select element renumbering tool, change type to views on sheet, adjust renumbering option, pick selection method before setting numbering sequence, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Underlay Visibility Issue in Linked Models - lower cut plane temporarily, set up source reflected ceiling plan view in host model with low cut plane, adjust visibility of linked model to 'by linked view' in Revit, Dave Baldacchino, HOK BIM Solutions, Oct 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Basics - Group Origin Points - choose 'type selector' to change group just like family, ungroup, purge group if used once in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Oct 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 4 - if document is part document, check if sketcher mode is active using ActiveEnvironment property in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 15, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 5 - carrying out geometry intensive validations in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 16, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 6 - carrying out geometry intensive validations in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tools: Check Sketch for Feature and Repair Sketch - employ check sketch tool to verify sketch used for feature creation, select repair sketch dialog from sketch tools to view errors before rebuilding part to make it error free, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Changing Drawing References in SOLIDWORKS - open edit referenced file locations dialog box, click in cell to edit path or file name, visit references tab in right pane to edit referenced files in SOLIDWORKS Explorer, Solid Apps Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 5: Take a 180 - start smart dimension tool, select 2 collinear non-overlapping entities to create 180 degree angle in SOLIDWORKS, Matt Lorono, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Virtualization on the Launch Pad - conference by Jon Peddie Research to widen discussion of remote computing, virtualization to companies in fields of professional graphics, CADdigest.com, Oct 27, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

London Duo Inspires to Make CAD Authoring on Mobile Work - CADO app solves multitouch issue of one-finger CAD authoring, features patent-pending technology, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Oct 27, 2014 (more CAD development articles)

How Much Memory is Needed to Solve Large COMSOL Models? - explaining degrees of freedom, 3 memory intensive steps when solving finite element problem: meshing, assembly, solving, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Oct 24, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Quick Tip: Use Divide/Measure with a Block - type DDPTYPE to open point style dialog box, pick point style, set size in absolute units, apply DIVIDE, MEASURE commands to place point objects at user-specified interval in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Oct 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Creating Blocks - type B as keyboard shortcut to start 'make block' feature, specify block name, base point, select objects, determine block behavior, block unit type before inserting blocks in AutoCAD, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Oct 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

How to Create Reusable Custom Selection Sets in AutoCAD 2015 - start FILTER command, compose searches using Boolean selection criteria, add properties from selected object before applying filter, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, Oct 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Project Review with BIM 360 Glue - create project, set project admin, invite members to project, download client that allows reviewing model, employ Revit plugin to upload contents to Glue platform, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 25, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

AutoCAD I/O API: A New Batch Processing Web-Service - create simple console application project inside Visual Studio, add AutoCADIo as service reference, set own ID, key before writing C# code into Program.cs file, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Visualization of Information is a Powerful Thing - interactive representations of data, 4D simulation of project help in communicate information quickly, accurately, Denis Morais, Waveform, Oct 21, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Scroll Wheels in Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD: They Can Behave the Same - type ZOOMWHEEL in AutoCAD, change setting to 1 or 0, open display in Inventor from tools, applications options, set zoom behavior, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Oct 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, AutoCAD tips)

Inventor Virtual Component: Assign Base Quantity to the Parameter - set reference to user parameter where mass value is stored, obtain reference to virtual component by its name before assigning base quantity in Inventor, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 25, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 1 - rectangle centerlines command in Solid Edge to pick 4 lines to form a rectangle, draw 2 centerlines either through midpoints or corners, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 12, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 2 - directly copy images for use in PictureBox control when creating UI in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 13, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 3 - checks for UI, form level variables in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Simulation Tech Tip: Meshing with Solid Elements in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - understanding anatomy of mesh, method of calculation of results, pros, cons of different element types in SOLIDWORKS, Corey Gulley, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

MySolidWorks Drive Incorporates eDrawings - Dropbox & Google Drive - select drive folder to open options to connect, authorize connections to Dropbox, Google drive accounts, select any eDrawing to open integrated eDrawings Viewer directly in browser, check explode function interface, Michael Lord, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Patterning Technique - tips to create linear pattern based on spacing between closest edges, Rhyc Sandberg, YouTube, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

First Look: Materialise Magics 19 - 3D printing software focuses on making workflow more efficient, allows users slice STL files according to machine specifications, uses different exposure types, offers new slice distribution option along with intuitive support generation, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Rendering in KeyShot - import specific HDRI, backplates to work with model in KeyShot, drag files into scene, adjust camera, lighting settings, drop material from library before rendering beauty, occlusion pass, Daniele Boldi Cotti, 3DTotal, Oct 23, 2014 (more KeyShot articlesrendering articles)

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - An Environmental Engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy - challenges of implementing SketchUp in all stages of construction projects, 3d construction modeling, relation between SketchUp, BIM, impact of SketchUp 2014 on workflow, desired improvements, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

ShopLocket Talks with Carl Bass - Q&A with Autodesk CEO about life before Autodesk, interesting workshops, impact of Maker movement, shift into additive manufacturing, Autodesk’s transition from software company into actual hardware, 3D printing evolution, The Blueprint, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD: Properties Does Not Display Object Information - type options in command line, visit selection tab, turn on/off ‘noun/verb’ selection option in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Exploding AutoCAD Civil 3D Objects - enter -AecExportToAutoCAD at command line in enabled AutoCAD screen, enter F, B, T, P, S to display format options, specify bind xrefs, bind type, file prefix, suffix respectively before saving file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Civil 3D tutorials)

Merging Objects in 3ds Max, Pt 2 - select named selection set type box, type buildings to create selection set that contains polygons, objects in scene, employ isolate selection command to work with just 1 building, CADLearning, Oct 9, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

iLogic - Suppress Components in All But the Active Level of Detail - understanding iLogic rule to place component in assembly with LOD, select component(s) before running rule to remove component(s) from other LODs in Inventor, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, Oct 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Content Center Column Property is Not Mapped to the Respective Inventor iProperty - place content center parts in assembly, save assembly, run manage before refreshing content center to update parts with correct values in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Vault Ribbon Does Not Appear in Inventor - apply Vault installer, add/remove features option to install Vault ribbon, visit Inventor to enable InventorVault add-ins, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 22, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Join the Perspective So You Don’t Get the Shaft - modeling capabilities available in perspective views, default shaft opening parameters, ability to toggle between perspective, parallel representations of 3D view, update multiple wall joins, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Oct 22, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Core Walls: Setting Structural Usage in Revit - invoke wall tool on structure ribbon, visit properties palette to expand type selector, select core-shaft 18” concrete wall before visiting type properties dialog to set function parameter, materials, finishes, CADLearning, Oct 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Variables with Linear Pattern Up to Reference - open equations manager inside new part model, add variables, draw sketch, set relations, dimensions to sketch, modify variables to create linear pattern in SOLIDWORKS, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Introducing the Biad - Dimension Faster than Ever with this New Tool - avail new handy tool to create angle dimension between line, imaginary horizontal/vertical lines in SOLIDWORKS 2015, Stephen Petrock, ModernTech Blog, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Understanding Bend Allowance Options in SOLIDWORKS - flatten folded sheet, set accurate size of flat pattern by choosing 3 available options: Kfactor, bend allowance, bend deduction, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Putting the Spin in Flow: The New Rotating Mesh Feature - apply multiple rotating reference frame to assign zero revolutions per minute to non-rotating components, sliding mesh method to solve flow studies in SOLIDWORKS transient approach, Sasi Sithambaram, CADimensions Blog, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tip for Getting Exact Position of Cut Planes When Flow is Solving - display SOLIDWORKS, flow solver in 2 windows side by side, start with cut plot before selecting plane, drag ‘preview settings’ window on top of SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Oct 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling Basics, Pt 1 - discusses solids vs surfaces, surfaces to create solids, Jonathan Weisz, YouTube, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D - Segregation - tips to identify paths that routes take in 3D, separate high, low voltage wires in SOLIDWORKS, Bryce Heventhal, YouTube, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Get Your Point Across to Management - Quickly - use elevator pitch to get management team's attention, help users, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 22, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise, Pt 1 - 3D datasets make up single source of truth, along with associated artifacts, which completely defines all aspects of design of given product, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 22, 2014 (more 2D to 3D articles)

First Look: Vero VISI 21 - multi-insert moulds and dies can now be managed with single 'master' part, motion study simulation tools, feature tree grouping, management of multiple setups/features along with drag, drop capabilities within tree, new G-code simulator, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 22, 2014 (more VISI reviews)

External Aerodynamics with CFD - applications include: calculating lift, drag for aircraft configurations, finessing external shape of car, determining building loads, dispersion of pollutants in air, Richard Smith, Symscape, Oct 22, 2014 (more CFD articles)

CorelCAD 2015 Adds Parametrics, Windows Ribbon UI - new drawing constraints for Windows, 2D editing tools, pop-up dimension palette, enhanced in-place text, table editing, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Oct 22, 2014 (more ARES articles)

AVEVA World Summit Highlights Value of the Digital Asset - AVEVA showed test version of E3D in cloud, but there are economic challenges, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Oct 22, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

Smart Thinking: Improving Collaboration in Manufacturing - organizations need sophisticated, scalable PLM system that is secure, accessible, being provided by Aras, Dassault Systemes, DriveWorks, Siemens PLM Software, Jacqui Griffiths, On Windows, Oct 3, 2014 (more collaboration articles, PLM articles)

AutoCAD Fields Forever - tips to determine field usage, populate data in title block, create closed object/polyline in drawing, place point coordinates in table, link scale bar to viewport, Sam Lucido, AUGI Library, Oct 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Slow AutoCAD Save When Working with Xref - change value of VISRETAIN to 0, click save to check if problem is with nested Xref, else turn VISRETAIN to 1, unload half of Xref before saving file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Update TextBox in Sketch - ensure that volume user parameter is up-to-date, set value of iLogicVb.UpdateWhenDone to true to trigger update after finishing rule in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 22, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Why It's Important to Have an Organized Structure for Inventor and a Properly Configured Project File, Pt 1 - component files are scattered, files are stored in Windows folder that cannot be accessed, entire model is located on network, content center file location is different for each users, Mark Lancaster, Synergis, Oct 22, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

Playing to the Galleries - get single segment, place real walls, floors, add small voids into rig, solve intersection issues by using face-based void family in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Worksharing and Duplicating Element Geometry - discusses add-in editing conflicts, data storage, add-in misbehavior handling, loading, tips to export individual element geometry in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

New Template Control in ST7 - click edit list link in startup screen, select ANSI inch standard from list of standard templates in template list creation dialog to update default templates into ANSI inch standard, John Pearson, Design Fusion, Oct 20, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Interview: Kevin Riggs of the Learning Media Development Group - discusses enhanced Solid Edge tooltips, formats, training library locations, need of help documentations vs online community for customers, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 22, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 7: Composer - improved user assistance allows accessing help menu in HTML format via browser-based portal, render mode can now be set as document property, Windows 8 operating system is now supported for all Composer products, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Parallel Approval Data Mapping is Finally Here in EPDM 2015 - select type dropdown list to create parallel workflow transition, generate actions to set values to variables in data card, Jeff Barker, InFlow Technology, Oct 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 09: Creating Flexible Assemblies - assesses need of flexible assembly, overview of 'make subassembly flexible' tool in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Virtually Reality: Making Realistic Renderings in SOLIDWORKS - set proper appearances by selecting surface finish, illumination settings in addition to color, turn on lights, prepare background, adjust camera, refine appearance, lighting, camera, scene settings before saving image, Andrew Jaskey, CAPUniversity, Oct 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Bending Weldments with Instant 3D SOLIDWORKS 2014, Pt 2 - reviews bending bar, tips to apply weldment profiles, Jonathan Weisz, YouTube, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SSDs: PCIE vs SATA - Samsung SSD 850 PRO (SATA 3.0) is best option for mainstream CAD with much lower cost per GB, better endurance than OCZ RevoDrive 350 (PCIe), Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 21, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Tebis 3.5 for Design - logically, clearly laid out UI, data organization tools, has ability to work with laser scanning devices, Morpher tools to adapt set of surfaces, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 21, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Some Impressions of the Engineering Software in Russia: Autodesk University Ru 2014, COFES Ru, Top Systems, and NEOLANT - Autodesk in Russia is BIM leader, Top Systems is steadily extending, NEOLANT is leader of industrial PLM&BIM integration in Russia, David Levin, isicad, Oct 21, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, Autodesk articles)

ArchiCAD Window Display Cheat Sheet - 3 features to create all different display options: floor plan display setting of walls, floor plan display setting of windows, floor plan cut plane, Laszlo Nagy, Graphisoft, Oct 21, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Introducing the New ST7 Hole Command - graphical representations of hole parameters from hole options dialog, ability to control hole diameter on actual solid model when creating threaded holes, Steven Sheldon, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 21, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Altair Engineering's New Release of Hyperworks - provides direct modeling geometry manipulation capabilities, offers optimizations of single part that is used in many assemblies, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 21, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 4 - 3 types of ways to communicate in Navisworks, BIM 360 Glue web app, BIM 360 Glue iPad app: views, markups, clashes & interference, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 5 - identifying, managing clashes, fixing, updating model, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 16, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Autodesk 360 Files and Limited Hard Drive Space - right click on Autodesk 360 shortcut, select properties, create folder where files are to be stored, search for cmd to run as administrator before using MLINK command to create link to new location, Bryan Fields, The Industry, Oct 14, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Merging Objects in 3ds Max, Pt 1 - employ file merge command to merge building into landscape, select merge from application menu to locate 'Ch03_Buildings.max' file, pick objects to be merged, CADLearning, Oct 2, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Additions to the 3ds Max User Interface - visit quick access menu to change, manage workspaces, right click on menu bar additional user preferences to set customized, workspace, select section by tool heading to drag section into scene area, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 21, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Constraining with Mate and Flush in Inventor - click constrain to open place constrain dialog, set solution to mate to activate selection 1 button, select bottom of part to point to direction of surface normal, CADLearning, Sep 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Set the Offset of Components to Zero and Ground Them - employ transformation matrix of occurrence to set API information, apply identity matrix to set all offsets to zero in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 21, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Purge - So Good You Use It Thrice - firstly it will select all unused elements, secondly it will pick up materials/assets used by elements purged earlier, then it will select unused material assets that were earlier associated with materials, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Oct 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating Building Core Walls in Revit - create building shell with multistory exterior walls, place levels to define location of building core, expand wall split button on architecture ribbon to avail separate tool for creating structural wall, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Sep 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Shared Coordinates: Site to MEP - open architecture file, share site coordinates to architecture, link MEP to architecture, select building link before clicking on shared site in Revit properties, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Use SketchUp Engineering ToolBox - load SketchUp, Engineering ToolBox, navigate to desired component, select insert to add component into SketchUp model, visit tools section to rotate, move, adjust color of objects, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Some Useful Tips to Get the Best Result from Your Rendering with V-Ray - visit quick settings dialog to adjust render settings, apply VRaySunlight, VRayDomeLight to arrange scene, avail render mask feature to check color modifications, adjust independent materials in SketchUp, Rajib Dey, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

A Closer Look at the Magnifying Glass - open standard toolbar to check improved magnification selection tool, activate tool, scroll middle mouse button to allow magnifying glass zoom in, out on model in SOLIDWORKS, Catherine Wagner, CADimensions Blog, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Calculate Fluid Volume of a Tank - create surfaces or planes that close fluid volume before applying intersect feature to intersect bodies, surfaces, planes in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS: What are Inference Lines? And Did You Know You Can Change the Color of One? - visit color options, click on color scheme settings to edit line color, open background appearance to change viewport background color, tap apply scene icon to set appropriate scene to model, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 2 - calculate stress results at gauss points during solution process, check if difference between element, nodal stresses is less which otherwise may result due to insufficient mesh refinement, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - New Constraints in the Width Mate - improved width mate constraints allows free movement between width limits, controls distance or percentage of allowable travel, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Data Translation Tips - tips to work with imported geometry in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Some Disadvantages of 3D Printings - user can't buy 3D printer, make anything desired, 3D model is still far too difficult for most people, manufacturing price is high with SLS printers, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Geometric's FQ2 Revenue Up Sequentially, Sees Slowdown in Auto, Aero - IT spending freeze at leading North American auto OEM resulted in muted growth in quarter, aerospace fell 7% to $3 million, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Oct 20, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Nemetschek AG will Acquire Bluebeam Software, Inc. - Q&A with Sean Flaherty about PDF solution for collaboration, improvement by acquisition, Bluebeam availability for sale to other legacy customers, sample workflow involving Bluebeam and Vectorworks, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Oct 16, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles, PDF articles)

Annotation Changes in Vectorworks 2015 - elevation benchmark now has offset mode, Archoncad, Oct 21, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

SOLIDWORKS Toolbar Modification the Easy Way - right click on any toolbar, select customize tool to add, remove or reorder icons on toolbar, hold ‘alt’ key to pick any icon before dragging it off toolbar to remove it, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Why 3D Systems Corporation Established a $150 Million Credit Facility - understanding bank debt, 3D Systems could use credit facility for shorter term funding needs of business, Steve Heller, The Motley Fool, Oct 20, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD 2015 Broken? - visit start button, locate 'reset settings to default' command to reset function, create backup of existing configuration or reset from scratch before saving zip file, Dennis Collin, CADline, Oct 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Connect Your File Storage to AutoCAD 360 - click on plus sign located in top right corner of screen, visit 'connect to storage' option to select type of service, enter username, password to choose services, AutoCAD 360, Oct 20, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Combine Xref Files Before Sending AutoCAD Drawings - activate xref dialog box, right click xref files below top-level drawing before selecting bind or insert in AutoCAD 2015, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Oct 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Vault GetFileAssociationLitesByIds() associationAlgorithm Parameter - understanding actual, LatestTip, LatestConsumable, RevisionConsumable, RevisionTip, RevisionDate file types required for setting relationships in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 20, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Improve Your Max Workflow: Adding Natural Movement with the Flex Modifier - set animation to apply modifier, adjust center point, vertex weightings, stretch, stiffness of object, pick forces to act upon objects in 3ds Max, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Oct 20, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Visualizing a Point Cloud in InfraWorks - open Recap, create RCP file, set correct coordinate system in Recap before starting with import process, view point cloud by attaching RCP or original LAS files as point cloud in Civil 3D, Jay Meszar, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Oct 20, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 1 - reasons for selecting Autodesk BIM 360 Glue as hub, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Sep 29, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 2 - creating, updating, managing combined product model in BIM 360 Glue, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 1, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 3 - view, interact with combined model using 3 different methods: Navisworks, BIM 360 Glue Desktop app, BIM 360 Glue iPad App, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 6, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Find Your Type and Trolling for Properties - file upgrade notification, ability to search type selector, properties palette scrolling, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Oct 8, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Implementing Small Changes That Generate Big Impact - ability to load family into project and close, pin/unpin icons, Dynamo button, Project Solon integration, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Revit 2015 - Closing a Workset and Linked File Ownership Conflict - closing workset that has linked file associated with it is same as manage links, unload option in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Oct 20 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Generic Family Creation Tips - set correct origin, deal with inconsistent units, 'constrain not satisfied' errors, adjust visibility of different parts of geometries, add sub-categories in family editor, share nested family, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SketchUp Photorealistic Rendering, Its Uses and Features - employ renditioner in SketchUp to control environments, advanced lighting components, background images, offers better lighting controls with HDR-based lighting, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

How to Flip or Mirror Geometry with SketchUp - select geometry for flipping, context-click on geometry to allow context menu appear, opt for flip along context menu item before selecting path/axis for flipping, Rajib Dey, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Review: Digging into the Dell Precision M2800 Mobile Workstation - compares 15" M2800 with M4800, M3800 workstations, while M4800 is solid, configurable, expandable, M3800 is thinner, lighter with limited expandability, M2800 is integrated, bit thick but comes with AMD FirePro graphics, $300 below competition, Tom Lansford, Graphic Speak, Oct 19, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

ArchiCAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie Flow, Pt 3 - Model Export - focuses on main improvements of IFC, COBie workflow, discusses impact of change on COBie workflows with regard to assembly worksheet, Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects, Oct 17, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articlesAEC articles)

Continue a Workbench Analysis in ANSYS MAPDL R15 - discusses interface between ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS MAPDL, re-launch run with Multi-Frame restart in ANSYS batch mode, determine value of jobname.abt functionality for static structural, transient structural analyses, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Oct 17, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Use Grasshopper to Produce Fabrication Drawings - employ ‘object bake’ component from LunchBox to bake every panel boundary curve on different layer, apply series to create layer names for each panel before using Rhino functions to add dimensions, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 18, 2014 (more Rhino tutorials)

Starting Guide to AutoCAD and Its Introduction - tips to change unit settings, basic commands, steps to start drawing in AutoCAD with solved exercises, Muhammad Arslan, Mechanical 360, Oct 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD - How to Slice Curved Solid Objects  - change working plane, extract edges, slice tool options, return working plane to ‘normal’ by setting UCS settings back to WCS from drop-down menu under view cube, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Error - Corrupted Pre-Install - verify if AutoCAD is uninstalled from machine, fix issues with installing/uninstall software, ensure that all Windows updates are properly installed, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Installing Autodesk Inventor and Vault on Windows 10 - tips to install elements of product design suite into Windows 10, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Including Fonts and Other Files Using eTransmit API - setup TransmittalInfo, apply e-Transmit API to fetch fonts, shape files associated with drawing in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD for Mac 2014 Warning: Don't Upgrade to Yosemite Yet - click on ‘about this Mac’ option from Apple icon on desktop to confirm version of Mac OS X Yosemite, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Mac articles)

Importing Alignment from InfraWorks 360 to Civil 3D - connect to Autodesk server using user SSO account, obtain IW360 list of models, track model number to determine roads of model before creating alignment for each road, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Oct 17, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Controlling Element Visibility of Consultant's Linked Model - open plan view whose floor plan is to be turned off, open visibility graphics, click on Revit links tab to select consultant’s model, visit RVT link display settings to set model categories, Learning Revit, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Using .ADSK Format, Pt 3 - tips to apply model elements as part of Navisworks model exported from Revit, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

Battle of the Bulge - create radiating lines in sets of 3 to host profiles, add curve, thickness together to set position of inner side points, create circular array after loading family directly into Revit project, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rename Shared Parameter and Aerial Paradise - export all values of existing shared parameter into temporary storage, map each element id to its shared parameter value before deleting old shared parameter in Revit project file, Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Oct 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 4: Symmetricality - sketch centerline, lines or points, select centerline, another line, create half-angled dimension, drag mouse cursor to opposite side of centerline before placing dimension in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Conservation of Energy in SOLIDWORKS Motion - employ motion analysis to simulate motion of models, simulate contact between objects by applying friction, John Trout, CADimensions Blog, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Intro to Dispatch Actions - tips to write automation scripts using dispatch add-in in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Oct 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Use of Offset Tool in Creo Parametric Sketch - make square or rectangle, select offset tool from ribbon to set offset value, offset more than one entity or whole closed sketch, Waqas Ahmad, Mechanical 360, Oct 16, 2014 (more Creo tutorials)

3D Printer Design Software: Review of Polygon 3D Modeling - issues when using polygonal modeling: 3D models have to be water tight, different tolerance level; advantages: ability to create organic creations, good color 3D printing, Mike Grauer, Inside 3DP, Oct 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Rise of the Machines - What IoT Means to PLM - 2 significant benefits of IoT: products become active participants in business process, establishing knowledge driven closed loop PLM, Sumesh Sadasivan, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 16, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Application Builder Launched with COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 - app makes it easy to test different mixer operating conditions based on power, torque needs, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 16, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Kubotek Adds Part Comparison to KeyCreator 2015 - KeyCreator compare can compare part features from a wide variety of native CAD file types, animation enhancements for rack & pinion constraints, universal joint constraints, point-on-curve constraints, intermittent motor dialogs, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Oct 15, 2014 (more KeyCreator articles)

Discover MODO's Iterative Pipeline - Powertranslator plug-in for MODO to import wider range of common CAD formats, Andy Brown of The Foundry, Novedge, Oct 16, 2014 (more modo articles)

Inventor Vault Quick Tip - Creating a Drawing - create new drawing, check browser pane at left of drawing view while placing base view, click 'open from Vault' dialog to avail Vault search options, David Gate, CADline, Oct 16, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Navisworks 2015: Efficient Quantification Takeoff - tips to select category by name from selection tree, view individual object in quantification notebook with item calculation/map rules, drop parent group onto workbook item for instant takeoff, Synergis, Oct 14, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Quick Change - employ quick change state available in Vault 2015 R2 version to save read-only ERP object ID on Vault Item, move app in, out of released state without worrying about revision bump, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Oct 16, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Odds and Ends - A Variety of Things I Have Found for 2015 - turn off hardware acceleration in AutoCAD 2015 to get rid of pixels that appear when moving cursors, reinstall Microsoft Access database engine to avoid errors in AutoCAD Electrical 2015, Dennis Howell, Applied Software, Oct 16, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Reinforced Concrete in Autodesk Revit, Pt 1: Rebar Cover - open concrete frame.rvt file to add reinforcements, select rebar cover settings to add covers in project, editing cover settings before selecting beam elements to be modified, BIM and Beam, Oct 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: Converting a Wall Based Family Into Face Based Family - visit family editor to check if family is wall based or face based, insert families in both project A, B before linking Revit project A into project B, Marti Broquetas, CAD Addict, Oct 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Using .ADSK Format, Pt 1 - tips to assemble mobile elevated working platform in Inventor for use in Revit, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Using .ADSK Format, Pt 2 - create objects in Inventor before applying BIM exchange tool to export for use within Revit project, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

New Text Note and Text Width Calculation - set new LineWidth after changing TextNoteType to change length of string, add twice border offset defined by BuiltInParameter.LEADER_OFFSET_SHEET in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Specify Coordinates at Point - unclip survey points before modifying coordinates, select 'specify coordinates at point' option to change coordinates easily in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

2015 SOLIDWORKS Simulation What's New - Shell Manager - new shell manager allows viewing, sorting all shell elements by thickness, materials, color codes shells with same thicknesses, check new tables to reduce design time, increase SOLIDWORKS productivity, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Pictures on Models and in Drawings - place decal on face of solid part, shape, insert part into assembly before mating in location, create display state where all components except decaled part is set to visible or removed hidden lines, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

InterCAD SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Event - new release has 2D sketch improvements, rectangle enhancements, patterning, assembly mate, profile center mate style, Treehouse tool, deformation plot analysis tool, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM, Pt 2: Fix Those References - employ update references wizard to redirect, replace, add, or repair references, check tip to redirect, replace references, add referenced file to Vault in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Debugging Complex Finite Element Analysis Using a Single Element Model - by analyzing regular, distorted element under identical loading environment, user can estimate stress error and/or evaluate convergence efficiency for irregular elements, Pete Barrett, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 14, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

InRoads Tip: Display References in Roadway Designer - access display references dialog, add alignment name, select surface to display feature from, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Oct 10, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

Attribute Transfer - File to File - access attribute manager to avail tabs relating to all of ArchiCAD attributes, organize attribute(s) before saving to use them out of file, Ken Good, Cadimage, Oct 16, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 - Object Tracking with Mirror Command - visit status bar to open object snap tracking, place mirror axis accurately when mirroring objects in AutoCAD, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating a Stereoscopic Viewer for Google Cardboard Using the Autodesk 360 Viewer, Pt 2 - remove handlers that require camera updates, apply base direction to make relative horizontal rotations, rotate position based on initial position, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Display Forms Inside Async AutoCAD Commands - stimulate async program, save current synchronization context before processing form result asynchronously in AutoCAD, Philippe Leefsma, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating a Stereoscopic Viewer for Google Cardboard Using the Autodesk 360 Viewer, Pt 3 - populate initial UI with set of buttons, replace any underscore with spaces before setting visible name, bring layers with viewers in front, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Vault AcquireFiles and the PreFileAcquire Event - employ events on AcquireFilesSettings object to avoid downloading files based on custom criteria, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 15, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Sharing Awesomeness - Skipping Classes and Properties - tips to handle cases where properties or classes do not exist in current project setup in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Working with Civil 3D Templates - start with NCS template to create WIP.dwg, import layers, blocks, text styles from existing template if required, form template with WIP.dwg file before deleting unwanted styles, settings, Kevin Spear, Land Development Engineering, Oct 15, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Scheme Design - rebuild pumpkin wedges in point world, host profile of revolve on ladder rungs, create circle with radius parameter in master base family before turning it into repeater in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Scan to BIM: Insert and Index Point Clouds in Revit - review need to break scans/point cloud up or partition them off, consider hi-res, low-res version of same scan, check modeling accuracy before importing point clouds/laser scans into Revit, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Review: SOLIDWORKS 2015 - midpoint sketch feature, ability to extrude or cut-extrude with open profile, improved split tool, assembly mates can now be placed at centre of sketch, efficient dynamic reference visualization, reduced file size, Michael Lord, Develop 3D, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS reviews)

SOLIDWORKS: How to Create Ordinate Dimensions in a Detail View - create detail view of section, start horizontal ordinate dimension tool before adding 0 location on left edge of part in SOLIDWORKS, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 08: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 4 - overview of filled surface tool, discusses multi-surface method, application of selection manager to specify inputs, analysis tools to double-check work, tips to smoothen out surface irregularities, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Get Wired with SOLIDWORKS Electrical - apply wire style, equipotential, wire properties together to automatically route connector wiring in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, Andy Beaupre, CAPUniversity, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Filter Workflow Using Transition Conditions - apply transition conditions to push files to branch of workflow, or into different workflow, employ automatic transitions to ensure that input is entered through data card in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Dr. Biplab Sarkar Talks to Architosh About Nemetschek Vectorworks 2015 - new 64-bit code base, ability of updated Vectorworks Graphics Module to render in wireframe mode, terrain modeling engine, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Oct 15, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

Text Changes in Vectorworks 2015 - control over text tracking, variable tab settings, ability to use classes to control text size, Jonathan Pickup, You Tube, Oct 12, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

AMD FirePro GPUs - optimize graphics, compute workflows with entry-level W2100, W4100, mid-range W5100, W7100 alongside W9100, W8100 FirePro graphics cards, introduces Mantle graphics API into professional space that offers alternative to OpenGL, DirectX APIs, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 14, 2014 (more graphics cards articles)

It's Time to Get Over IGES - IGES can't keep up with regard to modern solid geometry, will invariably cause geometry errors, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

3D Tutorial: Draw a Fancy Square Glass Bottle Cap in AutoCAD - set up environment, start drawing, make final visual adjustments, Parvez Mahmood, AutoCAD Tips Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

BricsCAD V15 - What's New? - material density property for components, dynamic blocks now can be edited in-place, multiple drawings can be displayed in tabs, DMEXTRUDE command has taperangle option to create tapered extrusions, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, Oct 15, 2014 (more Bricscad articles)

Resolving Generic Fatal Errors in AutoCAD and Related Verticals - invoke AUDIT, -PURGE, RECOVERALL commands when AutoCAD is open to fix errors, open command-line version of PURGE command, scan XREFs in drawing, else close AutoCAD to reset settings to default, conduct reinstallation process, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Mtext: Now with More Variety - check corner sizing arrows, paragraph tab, 'auto bullets and numbering' feature in ribbon menu, caps lock auto-switching, superscript, subscript autostacking, match properties button enhancements to increase AutoCAD 2015 productivity, Isaac Harper, What's the Word on AutoCAD, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Adds Data Management to PLM 360 - PLM in cloud system offers opportunities to address market needs, allows users view 3D model design in browser through embedded viewer, avail data management capabilities to sync with folder, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 14, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Creating a Stereoscopic Viewer for Google Cardboard Using the Autodesk 360 Viewer, Pt 1 - code to develop 3D content into visualization system using Autodesk 360 viewer, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Placing 2D Surface iParts Into Assemblies - adjust thickness of 2D iParts, or place 2D surfaces as individual parts to allow component instances appear in model space, Total CAD Systems' Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Changing the Max User Interface - compares 3D Studio Max with 3D Studio Max Design, both are available as standalone programs, initial start-up shows dark background for former unlike later, adjust default renderer to obtain similar UI, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 14, 2014 (more 3ds max articles)

Civil 3D 2015 Deployment Question of the Day: No, You are Not Crazy - visit additional software section to include service packs, subscription add-ons or other tools to deployment, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Oct 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Autodesk articles)

Revit 2015 R2 - Background Color - visit graphics section in options dialog to set any background color in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Oct 14 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Landscapeforms Tables - select table as component, set default dimensions for all types, scroll down to Top_U types to obtain top with umbrella hole in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Scan to BIM: Adjust Revit Pipes for Joining After Model Conversion - move pipe to adjust centerlines before trimming/extending pipes to create elbow in Revit, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Solid Edge ST7's Big Leap Forward in Sheet Metal Design - handy Live Rules, ability to detect patterns of patterns, gussets, louvers, beads are applied with one click of mouse, new 'volume to sheet metal' function, ability to generates flat shapes from non-flat geometry, Ralf Steck, CADdigest.com, Oct 15, 2014 (more Solid Edge reviews)

Interview with Ricky Black, Planner for 2D and Drawings - discusses assembly enhancements in Solid Edge 7, model based definition, sync vs ordered file types, underused areas of drawings, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

5 Unsung Heroes in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - avail 'select previous' option, reduced file sizes to work faster, reference imaginary cardinal directions with angle dimension tool, interchangeable pattern types, save patterned components as independent files, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Top 5 Things You Should Know, Pt 1: The Transform Tab - consists of features - copy transformation, translate, rotate, restore neutral position that assists in moving part or assembly in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Woods, HRS Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Using Snapshots to Capture a Moment in Time - right click to activate snapshot, create snapshot by using 'add take snapshot' command, or press alt+spacebar, add comments to snapshots once created in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Alternate Position Views for Parts - create intermediate file, insert part into assembly before adding additional configuration in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New Workstations from Dell, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo - new machines from tier one workstation manufacturers feature Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5 v3 series CPUs, new GPUs from NVIDIA, AMD, host of new I/O technologies including Thunderbolt 2, PCIe SSDs, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014 (more Dell workstation articles, HP workstation articles, Lenovo workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

Vero's Radan Adds in 180 Enhancements to Latest Version of the Sheet Metal Software - has strengthened 3D translation procedure, new editor in unfolding dialog tool supports bend parameters, new machine automation functions, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014 (more engineering articles, CAM articles)

PTC Creo View Publishing: Why It Matters & How It Works - exploring methods to generate viewable files: automated, scheduled, interactive publishing from PTC Windchill, interactive viewable generation from CAD tool, command line publishing, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 13, 2014 (more Creo articles, Windchill articles)

First Look: Siemens Launches NX 10 - NX release cycle will get implementation of iRay+ for rendering models, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014 (more NX articles)

Synching AutoCAD and Inventor Files - set DWG file's associated project file in AutoCAD, determine current project file in Inventor, confirm changes in factory sync dialog to sync 2D drawings to 3D model in AutoCAD project, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Inventor tutorials)

Challenge 7: Evaluate Your Progress - measure improvements by determining benefits of taking challenges, areas of maximum, minimum improvement, check if adoption of AutoCAD best practices saves work time, adopt time tracking to estimate project costs, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Oct 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Inventor API: Assembly Document Hierarchy - discusses components in assembly that contain occurrences or component, component occurrences, occurrence enumerator, all leaf occurrences functionalities associated with extracting each portion, John Evans, Design and Motion, Oct 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

5 Methods to Get an Edge Aligned Dimension in Inventor - rotate detail view, create view sketch, chain dimension using chain set dimension tools, rotate hole center marks, center line through tab, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Inventor View from 64 and 32 Bit Processes - set path variable to 'Inventor install path' to adjust any CPU compilation for application, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Transparency Glass in Elevation Section View - orient 3D view to elevation view, else select either entire curtain wall or individual panels, override graphics in view by element before setting transparency, Justin Doughty, CADline, Oct 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Plans - open visibility graphics dialog to add fill pattern to one of model category, use rooms/areas to apply color legend that creates fill pattern, else visit annotation tab to form pattern, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Oct 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in Solid Edge ST7 - entries in 'recent documents' are now right-clickable, animations, videos, tooltips on most important commands, can be integrated with 2 online project management tools - GrabCAD Workbench, Kenesto, Ralf Steck, CADdigest.com, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Integrated DNA Technologies - Solid Edge Synchronous Technology helped world's largest supplier of custom nucleic acids accelerate innovation through fast idea capture, improved multi-CAD reuse, new-user experience, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 5: Assemblies, Pt 2: Assembly Features - new version allows selecting radical explode step to explode components, form/dissolve subassembly containing suppressed components, sort interference detection calculation by volume, avail Treehouse 2015 tools to visualize assembly structure, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Sweeps with Guide Curves - When They Don't Work - select point in profile sketch, line of guide curve to create pierce sketch relations in SOLIDWORKS, Rory Niles, Solid Solutions, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Design Checks for SOLIDWORKS Electrical - select 'calculate cable duct filling ratio' option after routing wires, click calculation of cable duct filling ratio to display ratio, generate reports to display voltage drop, power loss with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, TMS CADCentre, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Derived Sketches - select sketch, pick face where new sketch is to be placed, click 'derived sketch' from insert menu to make sketch appear on plane, Solid Apps Blog, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Linking Folder and File Properties - tip to map properties from folders to files in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Infor PLM Vision 2014+ - Infor plans to grow from more basic PDM solution to more fully capable PLM solution, Infor-Aras relationship to rapidly deploy enterprise-class PLM solution for discrete manufacturers in cloud, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Oct 10, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Timing is Everything: Should You Consider Buying a New Workstation Now? - consider Intel Haswell Xeon E5 v3 processors, professional GPUs from AMD, NVIDIA, HP Z Turbo Drive, Thunderbolt 2.0, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 10, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Interview with Doug Stainbrook, Field Support Trainer - training people on Solid Edge, KeyShot, teach Synchronous to existing Solid Edge user vs non-CAD user, link between traditional 2D only CAD, Synchronous techniques, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 10, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, CAD training articles)

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator Users - manual recalculation for CADCAM wizards, Mach3 tool table import, export, digital signing certificate migration, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Oct 10, 2014 (more CAM articles)

UV Replacement/Calibration - replace if software recommends new UV lamp upon calibration or UV lamp bulb is physically broken, process to replace UV assembly on desktop printers, Daniel Lindsay, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 10, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Gain Screen Real Estate in AutoCAD - adjust command line transparency settings to float command line, avail extra space for drawing in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Oct 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inside Some AutoCAD 2015 Updates - tips to align existing texts horizontally, access block ribbon gallery, quick view layout display into file tabs, cursor badges for editing commands, CADTutor, Oct 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Custom Variables in AutoCAD OEM 2015 - add name of custom variable in 'your module settings' page to make custom variable accessible in OEM product, run.reg file to update registry in AutoCAD OEM, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Turn Off Cable Tray Annotations in AutoCAD MEP - open display manager, select current display set, choose display manager dialog, edit cable tray display representation to turn off annotations, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Drainage Structures Not Displaying Correctly in InfraWorks - download Inventor.zip file, click unblock button on security section of general properties tab, extract file to Inventor server folder before restarting PC, InfraWorks 360, Jay Meszar, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Oct 10, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

A Digital Prototype Walkthrough - Sheet Metal Cut Normal in Inventor 2015 - avail option when creating/modifying cut operation that will allow cut to be made normal to flat pattern, avoid cutting, machining issues, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Oct 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Which DrawingView Triggered OnViewUpdate - wrap event handler inside class that will allow each class instance identify DrawingView's event that it is listening in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copy and Rotate in Inventor Pro 2015 - model flange after revolving tube, exclude stem from back of flange to wrap it properly to tube diameter, allow hole pattern create bolt holes on flange face before trying to duplicate features, Chris Benner, CAD Tips, Tricks & Workarounds, Oct 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Slice and Dice - create revolve with splines, scale up with single width parameter, add segments, set segment that starts flat on ground, cuts away middle with wedge before setting distances in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Schedules Basics & Tips - identify type/category of schedule being searched, check necessity of shared parameters, troubles referencing shared parameter in key schedules, ways to manage bulk 'issue dates' for sheets, link Excel file in Revit, Revit Beginners, Oct 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Use Navisworks Batch Utility to Convert Revit Files - access Batch Utility from Navisworks main menu, select files to be included in file set, retrieve list of Revit files to be converted before setting path of Navisworks file, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Navisworks articles)

Kicking Off Tasks in Revit with Clarity - locate, click launch task button, select task for project, click ok to run task while staying on with Revit, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Tire Kicking SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition - goals of SOLIDWORKS MBD, scope of product and manufacturing information, challenges of PMI implementation, role of MBD in arresting PMI challenges, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Oct 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Power Drawing a Schematic Diagram in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - employ wire style selector to select number, types of wires drawn, connect wires drawn on top of each other, insert symbols from symbol library in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Michael Souders, CADD Edge, Oct 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Will MSC's Apex Revolutionize Simulation? - MSC Software addresses skillset challenges to simulation driven design with Apex platform, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 9, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

ANSYS Remote Solve Manager (RSM): Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions - process when job gets submitted to RSM, recovering data, re-reading it into Workbench if RSM job runs into problems, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Oct 9, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

COMSOL's App Builder Set to Change How Experts Communicate Simulation to Others - advanced simulation users can create specialized apps quickly, can be run by others with COMSOL Multiphysics licenses, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Oct 9, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

The State of the 2D Mechanical Market - engineers still need to see things in 2D, but non-technical people have difficulty understanding 2D, Norman Roith of ING Network, WorldCAD Access, Oct 9, 2014 (more 2D to 3D articles)

The Ins and Outs of Digital Signing in AEC - decrease overhead costs, shorten project timelines, increase productivity, facilitate collaboration, protect intellectual property; approval signatures replace wet ink signatures, certifying signatures prevent future changes, Julie Olenski, AECbytes, Oct 9, 2014 (more AEC articles)

3 Types of 3D BIM Clash Detection Have Their Own Importance - 3 different kinds of clashes: detecting them at early stage: hard clash, soft clash/clearance clash, 4D/workflow clash, Nikunj Patel, Hi-Tech Engineering Services, Oct 9, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Hacking Around Nuisances - start with any AutoCAD version to maintain UI, visit options menu to locate root of CUIX file, remove splash screen upon startup, convert PDF to DWG file in AutoCAD MEP, Greg Firman, AUGI Library, Oct 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Making an Invisible Viewport Visible Again in AutoCAD - locate layout tab having viewport problem, select quick select button from properties palette, set object type to viewport, invoke VPCLIP command with invisible viewport selected in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

Installing Fusion 360 Using the Command Line Only - open elevated command prompt, run installer, login to Autodesk account before providing access to files on Autodesk 360, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

How to Combine License Files for Multiple Autodesk Products - combine separate licenses into one license file, configure single service in LMTOOLS to apply combined license file, copy all lines from additional product license files before editing existing license file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

iLogic - Run Rule with Single Click - add handy iLogic rule as button by clicking on 'edit' in iLogic forms tab, pick rule(s) before adding it as button in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, Oct 9, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Republish Markup Sheets - apply PostPrivateEvent function to provide file name to 'republish markup sheets' command in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015: Model in Place - create standard sloped concrete cap on top of structural column, set work plane to appropriate face of column before drawing profiles in Revit, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Dimension Leaders in Revit - place dimension between witness lines, drag, relocate dimensions for clarity, select dimensions, edit type to change curved spline extension line, visit 'type properties' dialog box to change leader type, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Making Topo Follow Hardscape - open macro manager to access Revit API, run AlignTopo macro, observe distribution of points along interior edges in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 4 - apply purge button to delete names from list box so that it appears in sync with Solid Edge document's variable table, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 7, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 5 - employ 'select all' button to choose all unused, listed variables so that they can be deleted at once, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 8, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 1 - visually inspect spotty results, refine, rerun to confirm if mesh is too coarse, check number of elements across thickness to determine areas of high stresses, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Equal Spacing Option for Linear Patterns with Reference Geometry - create scenarios automatically in updated linear pattern feature, employ selected reference option to gain better control for asymmetric profiles, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Oct 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Let SOLIDWORKS Create Your Flat Pattern Configuration - place flat pattern view in drawing to automatically create flat pattern in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Oct 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Previewing COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 and the Application Builder - 3 new add-on modules released: ray optics, design, LiveLink for Revit; improved predefined multiphysics couplings, simulation of CAD assemblies, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Oct 8, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Moving from DriveWorks Xpress to DriveWorks Solo - downloading, activate DriveWorks Solo, backup DriveWorks Express files, open SOLIDWORKS, find DW Solo in task bar, create new project, Ryan Dally, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 8, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

How Small Firms Should Prepare for the BIM 2016 Mandate - collaborative BIM helps architect, MEP engineer, consultants create model before sharing to project participants, learn new way of delivering projects while accepting BIM as software, design infrastructure to support expected workload, AUGI Library, Oct 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

A Beam with Holes - go to 3D view, select beam, click, drag edge of beam to make pet palette display 'hole' option, open beam settings to adjust hole dimensions in ArchiCAD, Cadimage, Oct 9, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Simple Ways to Get Beautiful SketchUp Images Without Plug-ins or Software - enable perspective view, shadows, reload components, keep angle low to show off more of architecture, Designer Hacks, Oct 9, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Design Smart. Build Smart. Live Well. - understanding purpose of BIM: IPD to life cycle management, Elijah Gregory, BIM + Integrated Design, Oct 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

One Vendor's Remedy for Software Management Headaches - Q&A with Erik Klein of Autodesk about making easy software installation, post-install-related tasks, Application Portal to address concerns, Account Portal modules to manage all of business-related tasks with Autodesk, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD management articles)

Quick Tip: Selecting Objects in AutoCAD 2015 - employ 2-click option to select rectangular shape, hold down left mouse button, drag cursor to apply lasso option for selecting objects, Craig Bashor, The Industry, Oct 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2015: Controlling the New Tab - start new drawing template or open existing file, employ NEWTABMODE variable to adjust new tab displays on launch, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Adding TrimPlanes to Structural Members in ACA.NET - set start, end point of member in WCS, create trim plane both at start, end in AutoCAD Architecture, Jeremy Tammik, AEC DevBlog, Oct 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials, AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor API: General Document Notes - call AllReferencedDocuments to obtain file references, iterate through all documents referenced by assembly before verifying document as part, John Evans, Design and Motion, Oct 8, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: An Introduction to Particle Flow - create text objects, set up particles by dragging items in node-based viewport, add operators to main event, conduct age tests to control flow of particles, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Oct 6, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Myth Buster: Revit & IFC, Pt 4 - A New Hope - Revit 2015 version allows IFC linking, exporting linked files, importer now distinguishes between LoadBearing, non-LoadBearing types, offers more control over models, IFC exports, Martijn de Riet, AUGI Library, Oct 6, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Autodesk Revit Install on Windows 10 - installation happened successfully, showed missing templates error upon launching Revit that is related to error in deselecting installation of Revit content, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Second Wind - employ input scale system to make profile scalable, apply parameters to control 2 partial ellipses that help to define revolve, use Vanilla Generic Model family to shape octagon families in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 1 - 'purge variables' command displays all unused variables, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 4, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 2 - start Visual Studio VS 2010 with .Net 4, using code showing imports statements, form class, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 5, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 3 - separating names, formulas of all user variables into 2 lists, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 6, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Adding Wire Styles in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - open wiring manager, create wiring group by selecting 'add numbering group' button, set properties of group before choosing wire numbering schema, Clare Schaeffer, SolidNotes, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3DQPress V6 What's New - Unfold UAR Bend Corner Feature - click on unfold icon, select highlighted face as fixed face, select 'user assisted recognition' option before adding feature, rebuilding unfolded part in SOLIDWORKS, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Drawing View with Assembly Components Displayed in Different Colors or Line Types - activate layers toolbar/dialog box, add layer, specify layer name, color, line style, select FeatureManager design tree to expand drawing view, avail component line font option to change line type, thickness, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 07: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 3 - overview of surface types, discusses fill surface, loft surface, boundary surface method in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using SOLIDWORKS for Design and Collaboration with Your Classmates - include every part/subassembly files when moving assembly to shared drive, apply 'pack and go' tool to transfer files from one place to another, check list of referenced parts/assemblies from find references section, Laura Weismantel, CAPUniversity, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Determine the Average Stress in the Stress Concentration Area - edit first fixture by applying symmetry fixture directly on faces of symmetry, second fixture to prevent upper edge from translating in direction normal to front plane in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Professor Blog, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Fujitsu Unveils Haswell Xeon E5 v3 Celsius M740 and R940 Workstations - Celsius M740 can ship with any one of 22 Intel Haswell Xeon E5 v3 chips, Celsius R940 can support up to 3 high-end GPUs, AEC Magazine, Oct 7, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Understanding Parallel Computing - COMSOL Multiphysics solves partially parallel problems, bus speed creates performance bottleneck when working on single computer, cluster computers offer variable performance, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Oct 7, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

DriveWorks Administrator - Table Lookup's Using DWVLookup - Solid Apps Blog, Oct 6, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

Integrated CAM Apps Help Engineers Take Designs Straight to Manufacturing - fully integrated CAM packages work directly with 3D CAD data, removing need to translate or recreate designs for manufacturing, reducing errors, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Oct 6, 2014 (more CAM articles, MCAD articles)

Reverse Pressure Pipe Network Slopes in Civil 3D - delete network, recreate it with proper direction, else employ expression in pressure pipe label to reverse slope calculation, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, Oct 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Coping with COBie - COBie Toolkit for Revit automatically generates COBie worksheets from Revit data model, easing process of transferring data from building information model, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

BIM for Clients - examine current business workflows, identify key problem areas, identify potential benefits of BIM, define BIM deliverables, generate BIM deployment, execution plans, supply chain capabilities before implementing BIM, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

Automatically Save Inventor Drawing to PDF - visit drawing options tab to set 'always create' options, avail manually create option to create files when auto snapshot command is invoked, visit general options tab to set location to save PDF file, Graham Harrison, Micro Concepts, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Can't Move, Promote or Demote Inventor Content Center Part - code to loop through all components in assembly, remove reorder command restrictions in Inventor, Graham Harrison, Micro Concepts, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Controlling Embed Visibility Using a View’s Detail Level - customize visibility of the individual elements, uncheck coarse, medium detail levels areas in family element visibility settings, set detail level to 'coarse' to make angle, end plates visible in Revit, Jon McFarland, Curtain Wall BIM, Sep 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Calculating Length of Curb - apply volume to select profile area as first parameter, floor schedule to create length field as calculated value in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Family Array Basics & Tips - add optimal spacing parameter to make spacing between shelves remain constant when length of family is flexed, create arrays in separate families if modeling 2 arrays in same family gives error in Revit, Revit Beginners, Oct 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Linking Analytical Nodes with Structural Elements - create parameters in project, select analytical nodes in project using select category node, visit each reference point to extract information hidden with Revit, employ lunchbox node to convert points to strings, Mark Thorley, Dynamo, Oct 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

10 Easy Ways to Improve Large Assembly Performance - create nested sub-assemblies, utilize configurations, pattern bodies instead of features, mate to primary planes, activate large assembly mode to optimize system options for working with large assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, Loretta Stiurca, Design Point Solutions, Oct 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Dassault Delivers with SOLIDWORKS 2015 - expanded portfolio to support more design tasks, offers improved productivity, assembly tools, optimizes work process with collaborative sharing, improves communication with Model-Based Definition, solves design challenges, Barb Schmitz, Design World, Oct 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

How Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS Supercharged the Way I Model - program from nPower works in background, comes with own tab in command manager, allows easy access to SOLIDWORKS UI tools, Matt Perez, SolidSmack, Oct 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Common Errors in Simulation - discusses mesh failures, model instability along with tips to fix/troubleshoot them in SOLIDWORKS, Shivani Patel, YouTube, Oct 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

solidThinking Inspire 2014: Refining Simulation Driven Design - intelligent recognition, manipulation of existing geometry, ability to apply newly defined manufacturing constraints, ability to smooth out, control optimized shape in semi-automatic way, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 6, 2014 (more solidThinking articles)

Filter and Cut Elements in 3D: A Hidden Gem - access feature from menu, 'tool bars and buttons' or use keyboard shortcut, discussing marquee effect, cut surface display, element types to show in 3D option, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Oct 6, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

BIM and Sustainability: A Growing Partnership - BIM allows for more informed approach to design, construction, ensuring that projects are completed on time, within budget, utilizing best sustainable practices available, Simon Gillis of Autodesk, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

Microdesk Shows 3D AEC, BIM Scanning Service at New San Francisco Office - presentation showing how camera-equipped drones can photograph buildings, leading to 3D models, using Autodesk's cloud-based service Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Oct 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, AEC articles)

How to Create AutoCAD Classic Workspace Using CUI - open CUI dialog, visit context menu to create new workspace, right click new CUI to customize workspace, move toolbars to dock them to preferred locations, type RIBBONCLOSE to close ribbon, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials

Convert a Toolbar Into a Ribbon Panel - visit CUI window to expand toolbar tree, navigate to toolbar in 'customizations in all files list,' expand ribbon, panels, tabs tree, drag new custom panel up to tabs in AutoCAD, Levi Connolly, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Showcase Tips & Tricks: How to Display the Objects Wireframe - select wireframe mode instead of animated grid to highlight selected objects, or display object wireframe in window as visual mode, Marion Landry, YouTube, Oct 6, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Civil 3D Pressure Pipe Inside Diameter Issue - locate catalog SQLite spatial data files, employ content catalog editor to edit files that remains isolated in single catalog in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Oct 6, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Change View Orientation in a Drawing - select place, base view on ribbon, pick orientation, visit custom view session to rotate view using Free Orbit rotation tools in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Convert a Full Section Into an Offset Section - right click on section line, select edit, invoke line command to draw lines, trim original lines to ensure presence of one start, end point in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Reorder Parts List Columns - employ PartsListColumn.Reposition function to adjust order of columns relating to PartsList object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Matrix for Complex Transformation in Model Space - apply Matrix.TransformBy method to multiply 2 matrices together, create new matrix containing transforms of both matrices, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

NBS Plug-in for Autodesk Revit - free plug-in links Revit, National BIM Library, NBS specification to deliver information eco-system, provides easy coordination of project information, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more Revit articlesAEC articles)

Autodesk FormIt and Revit - define levels in model to calculate gross area of building, apply sun/shadow tools to create small daylight analysis, integrate previously defined levels into Revit model along with mass floors, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Autodesk articles)

Is a Given Element Hidden in a View? - apply IsElementHiddenInView method to any add-in to determine if element, view returns true in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Are You Domesticated? - base segment family as box rig, apply normalize curve parameters, control angle of segments in pump-dome before linking it back to repeater in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Bent Lofted Bends - create 1st plane offset, sketch 1st shape as rectangle on parallel plane, form 2nd place distance, draw 2nd shape as circle on non-parallel plane before selecting sheet-metal command tab, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Simulation Mesh and Shell Manager - check new shell manager to avail list of shell bodies existing in part/assembly, dynamic highlighting command to sort parts by thickness/material, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 2: Flipping Out - right click on angle, select display options, vertically opposite angle, flip any placed angle dimension to explementary angle in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What to Expect in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2015 - 'nominal wall thickness adviser' to interrogate given CAD models suitability for injection molding, option to export results directly to eDrawings, Peter Harkness, Solid Solutions, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Four Favorites in 2015 - SOLIDWORKS Inspection added to SOLIDWORKS Installation manager, document setting templates, ability to edit on the fly, to export to inspection project, Cody Pendzich, SolidNotes, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

MySolidWorks: A Expanding Community Service - MySolidWorks Drive connects to user's cloud storage services, new manufacturing matching service to put production work up for bid, resellers can deliver materials to their customers through secure medium, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Bundle All Your References in One Shot with SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go Feature - use the 'include drawings' option to grab all associated drawings, 'flatten to single folder' option takes all of references, puts them into one single directory, John Hall, CADD Edge, Oct 3, 2014 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Enginuity Transformed to ENOVIA and the 3DExperience Platform - Enginuity is now made up of first class objects in ENOVIA, follows data-centric approach, has cost optimization, material alternates/substitutes capabilities, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Oct 1, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Lightweight Material Champions - Aluminum has been slowly gaining ground in automotive industry, high-strength steel has its advantages too, considering downstream consequences of lightweighting, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Smart Work - easy-to-use, Colortrac SmartLF SG scanners are available in 36", 44" sizes, 3 modes: monochrome, color, enhanced, use ClearView white LED illumination, improved performance, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more Colortrac scanners reviews)

MSI WS60 20J Workstation - mobile workstation with 15.6" screen, 1.9 kg weight, 19.9 mm thickness, Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M GPU, certified for mainstream BIM workflows, AutoCAD, AEC Magazine, Sep 30, 2014 (more AEC articles, laptop reviews)

Wiring Up - EPLAN's Electric P8 automates most time consuming electrical design tasks, providing complete solution for planning, documentation, control of electrical automation projects, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

Will AutoCAD Install on Windows 10? - installing on Windows 10 is smoother, vanilla AutoCAD takes 15 minutes to install from USB 3.0 external hard drive, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Start the Program with a Command Line Switch - right-click program icon on Windows desktop to select properties, open product properties dialog box to append parameters for switch in AutoCAD, Sunith Babu, Daily CAD Tips, Oct 5, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Manage CADWorx Project Resources with Symlinks - create Symlinks from Windows command line, open project resources folder to place .cfg, .cat, or .prj files, change Symlink type dropdown list to ‘file symbolic link’ in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Oct 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Removing Buttons from QuickAccessToolbar Crashes AutoCAD - ensure to provide unique Id to ribbon button to avoid AutoCAD crash, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Display Sliced Solids of Pipe Networks in Section - select structures, structure style, display method to slice manholes as solid, show structure that are visible per cross section in Civil 3D 2015, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Oct 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Hide Component in DrawingView Using ControlDefinition - workaround is selecting component in BrowserPane, executing relevant ControlDefinition on it; VBA solution to get to needed object, then execute command on it in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

AddDesignVisualizationAttachment BadAttachmentOrder Error - occurs when using AddDesignVisualizationFileAttachment() to attach DWF to IDW in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 2, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Revit 2015 Shared Parameter Tool Tips - click edit tooltip button in parameter properties dialog to add description, shared parameters file is not available externally restricting addition/modification of tooltips later, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Oct 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Property Lines and Tagging Arcs - create property boundary by entering distances, bearings or by sketching, tag property line segments in absence of arc/curved segments in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Schedules: Calculated Totals - visit formatting tab, select calculated totals for area, volume to display grand total for structural foundation schedule in Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Arch: No Quick Calculator Like AutoCAD - input parameters in commands or properties to support calculations, start with = sign before inserting mathematical formula, click dimension icon to turn temporary dimension into permanent dimension, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Boundary Conditions Error When Trying to Place - employ structural template in new project, transfer structural settings into project to place boundary condition elements, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Chapter 5 - Assemblies, Pt 1: Mates and Patterns - ability to view, edit min, max values of limit mate in graphics area, 'copy with mates' now supports more advanced mates, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Apply Your Center Mark and Actually Using It Too - SOLIDWORKS 2015 includes ability to add center marks to set of center marks, reattaching dangling center marks, automatically applying connection lines to center mark sets upon creation, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM, Pt 1: High Performance Migration - prepare source data by updating files to latest version supported by SOLIDWORKS EPDM version, avoid setting long file paths/invalid characters, adjust Vault settings, prepare host before performing migration, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 1: Imaginary Rays - start smart dimension tool, in drawing view, select model edge, select collinear, adjacent point, crosshair's segments, place dimension in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 06: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 2 - reviews revolved circular surface, discusses squircle, lofted surfaces, tips to maintain continuity across new surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sketch - Tracing Images - activate Autotrace functionality, employ ‘sketch picture’ command to insert image into sketch, scale, position image before tracing image, apply boss extrude feature to extrude sketch profile in SOLIDWORKS, Nick Jones, Solid Solutions, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles Shares His 3D Vision - talked about 'experience economy,' enriching company's product offering through acquisitions, running powerful apps in cloud, social user experiences, Rebecca Lambert, OnWindows, Oct 2, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, CATIA articles)

Tekla Structures 20 - new 'organizer' makes it easy to generate quantity take-off reports for specific objects in specific locations within building, can handle more complex forms, Direct manipulation tools are available directly from software, shape catalogue for feature for importing, exporting, viewing custom 3D shapes, AEC Magazine, Oct 1, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Fujitsu Celsius H730 - 15.6" screen, Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics card, offers PalmSecure palm vein authentication system, good all-round machine for CAD or BIM, AEC Magazine, Sep 30, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

The Promise of Virtualization: Secure Remote Access to 3D Data - understanding benefits of centralized delivery of 3D apps, workstations, implementing virtualization technologies, Yvonne Dresser, Cadalyst, Oct 2, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, collaboration articles)

The Democratization of Manufacturing - and PLM Software - innovative product developers discussed new landscape where SMBs are thriving, role of cloud-based Autodesk PLM 360 at Accelerate 2014 event, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Oct 2, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

Can Complex Product Development Teams use Cloud-Based PLM? - cloud solutions can have lower barriers to adoption, cloud-based solutions can be implemented without involving enterprise IT teams, John Hayes, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 2, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Create Instant Photoreal Snapshots with Visualizer - extension provides instant photographic previews of SketchUp models, exports fast, clean photoreal images, Mark Harrison, SketchUpdate, Oct 1, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

MSC Aims to Take CAE from Frustrating to Efficient - based on computational parts approach, MSC Apex provides full associativity between geometric, analysis data, Apex Modeler is available via annual lease for $7,500 per seat, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Oct 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles, Autodesk 360 articles)

Piezoelectric Materials: Understanding the Standards -strain-charge, stress-charge form, 2 definitions for crystal cut in COMSOL Multiphysics, James Ransley, COMSOL Blog, Oct 2, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Creating a Civil 3D Surface from Text Data - using MOVETEXTTOELEVATION command to create surface from survey type provided data, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Electrical Sub-Panels with Lugs in Revit - creating panel schedule template for panels with 48 circuits, placing electrical panels, assigning panel schedule, breakers, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Oct 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Asymmetric Fillets - fillet command now allows asymmetric fillets, add elliptical fillets along with asymmetrical conic fillets, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - SOLIDWORKS Treehouse: Create SOLIDWORKS Product Structure Without Using SOLIDWORKS - create assembly structures complete with parts, sub-assemblies, associated drawings, create, modify custom properties, Robert McGaughey, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Gusset Enhancements - ability to create gussets between disjointed planar surface bodies that are separated by structural member, body radius or gap, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

The ABC of Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS - understanding folder structure for weldment profile, Deepak Gupta, Boxer's CAD CAM Blog, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Engineering Workstation, Cluster or Cloud? - engineers looking for single, definitive solution face disappointment, faster workstations, workstation-based clusters, cloud solutions offer more iterative design solutions, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, engineering analysis articles)

Create 3D Cells in MicroStation - putting together custom cell that emphasizes views of any 3D object to be highlighted within project, YouTube, Sep 30, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Optimizing Common Roughing Technology - shops that adopt new cutting tool, machine tool, toolpath technology are at huge advantage, Hassan Narasimhan & Randy Hudgins, MoldMaking Technology, Oct 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

BIM Libraries - speed up model creation by downloading content from web portal to add real world objects, AEC Magazine, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

PCIe SSDs for CAD, BIM and Point Clouds - testing combination of SATA, PCIe SSDs using point cloud software, LFM Server, as well as Revit, 3ds Max, AEC Magazine, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Inertia in Custom Units - convert internal unit to proper form using UnitsOfMeasure object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 1, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Creating a Sloped Wall - sloped wall vs sloped slab, creating sloped Wall from Mass in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Section Navisworks Models - bisecting, dividing working models in various ways to emphasize features to be isolated, YouTube, Oct 1, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Use Navisworks to Create Animated Building Walkthroughs - creating specific viewpoints to highlight project features to be shared, YouTube, Oct 1, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Manufacturing the Future: How 3D Printing Went from Pipe Dream to Your Desktop - 3D printing is now commonly regarded as technology having society-shaping potential, public conversations are about transformative manufacturing processes, Brian Heater, Digital Trends, Sep 26, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing's New Materials: Plastics, Ceramics, Composites and More - exploring extensive variety of newer non-metal options: resins, other liquid/semi-liquid materials, powders, filament, carbon fibers, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Mate to Center Rectangular and Cylindrical Profiles - 'mate to center' automatically center aligns common component types to each other, fully defines components, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

On Top of Everything Else, SOLIDWORKS 2015 Does 3D Printing - currently 'print to 3D' command only works with MakerBot 3D printers, Microsoft Windows 8.1 is needed to make 3D print, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Variable Pattern - ability to set, vary each instance independently to create even more flexible patterns, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Add-in Load Times - add-ins dialog box displays amount of time it took to load add-ins last time user started SOLIDWORKS, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL 2015 Open with DraftSight - edit symbols and similar content, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What's New in Enterprise PDM 2015: New License System - uses SolidNetWork license manager to control access, admin can see available licenses, allow or restrict user access to vault, Jay Thompson, CAPUniversity, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

DDR4 Memory Technology: What's in a Number? - 4th generation of double data rate technology supports data transfer rate between 1,600 and 3,200 Mb/s, offers higher memory density, lower power consumption, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Sep 30, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Software Certification Questions on Virtual Machines - currently, some CAD software titles are certified to run in virtualized environment; bandwidth connection, interconnects play important role in determining interactive experience, performance of software running on virtual machine, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 30, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, cloud articles)

3 Companies That Could Become The Kinko's of 3D Printing - FedEx Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Walgreen Company might offer 3D printing services to consumers, Rakesh Sharma, Benzinga, Sep 30, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Final Stage of the Revolution: Commoditization of 3D - CAD world needs is new business model, Jess Davis, upFront.eZine, Sep 30, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Stratasys Grabs CAD - GrabCAD's collaboration platform is CAD agnostic, will provide easier access to CAD data; acquisition increases collaboration, accessibility of 3D CAD files that could accelerate adoption of Stratasys' 3D printing technologies, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 30, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles, MCAD articles)

Quick Tip: How to Hyperlink Anything - create library of bullets to represent various link options, open URL, click on hyperlink, insert objects to receive hyperlink, check options before opening hyperlink in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Sep 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Displaying the Area of the Last AutoCAD Entity in an HTML Palette Using JavaScript and .NET - reload palette forcing page load to call back from JavaScript to .NET, define hidden JavaScript command, register JavaScript method using registerCallback(), Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Customizing CAdUiListCtrl - employ custom draw function to customize function, insert MFC list control before adding member variable for it, replace CListCtrl with custom list control class in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Sep 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Everything You Need to Know About Working Offline with AutoCAD 360 - hit information cycle icon located in right corner of drawing thumbnails, click 'download to offline' button to download drawings in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Sep 30, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Five Degrees of Separation - simulate curve by installing pipes with allowable deflection, apply 'trial and error' method to create curves, export/import from shape file in Civil 3D, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 30, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Is Autodesk Fusion 360 Ultimate Ready for the Big Time? - Kevin Schneider of Autodesk addresses objective of Fusion 360, need to connect products, tools, reset balance between CAD tool, collaboration, view representation feature of Inventor, Inventor vs Fusion 360, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Sep 30, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, Inventor articles)

Search Non- Ballooned Components - collect components containing balloon, filter ones without balloon from all referenced documents in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Tips & Tricks for Better Section Views in Inventor - right click on view, choose edit to modify actual sketch, click on dimension to specify length of extensions, select sketch before applying view sketch option by clicking on start sketch option, Clinton Brown, CADline, Sep 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Customizing the Look of the Recent Files Screen in Revit - open internet options, visit general tab, click on accessibility button to tick 'ignore font styles specified on webpages' option, tap fonts button to change font for recent files screen, Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, Sep 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Export Revit to nwc - convert all element parameters, properties to make searchsets work in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Sep 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

FEA and Composites, Pt 1 - as soon as composite strength value is exceeded by stress level present in any ply, structure has failed; understanding logical approach to assessing strength results in thin shell structures, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Extend Your CAE Software to Design of Experiments and Optimization - CAE integration platform, modeFRONTIER uses 'Design of Experiments,' optimization algorithms to automate design process, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 24, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Engineers Optimize Designs to Keep Them Light and Strong - key to prevent data explosion in optimization is to restrict archive to only most promising design variants, their associated parameters, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

How to Get the Most Out of Arrow Plots in COMSOL Multiphysics - powerful tool for visualizing field distribution, handling issues involved: arrow color doesn't stand out enough, volume is stacked with too many layers of arrows, Ruud Borger, COMSOL Blog, Sep 30, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Variable Pattern - select dimensions from patterned feature to add 'pattern table,' set, vary each instance independently to create flexible patterns in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Feature - What Products are You Entitled to? - click on 'my products' link task pane under SOLIDWORKS tools menu to display list of products available under license, Mike Hansen, Fisher/Unitech, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

You Can Clean Up with 3D Views in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - 3D views model position, orientation, zoom scale, view settings, allows creating model, dimensions, tolerance views, offers flexibility, views created in SOLIDWORKS comes integrated with eDrawings, 3D PDF, Oboe Wu, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Surfacing - employ sketcher to convert traditional splines into style splines, Andrew Berwald, YouTube, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Sketch Tools - discusses sketch relations, click midpoint line to create line symmetrical from midpoint of line, Krystine Thoroughman, YouTube, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What's Going on with BIM in Russia - BIM is increasingly adapted in design field, considering role of state in adapting BIM, estimated increase of BIM programs, Vladimir Talapov, CADdigest.com, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

ODA Releases 3D PDF Component - 3D PDF component will allow Teigha based applications to convert 3D data in DWG or DGN file to 3D PDF file, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Sep 23, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, PDF articles)

Bentley Acquires SITEOPS Civil/Site Design - SITEOPS is site engineering product that allows civil engineers, site planners to look at piece of land, simulate its use, helps figure out best layout vs cost alternatives, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 29, 2014 (more Civil Engineering articles)

Sharing is Caring: How Real CAD Users Share Data - survey reports primary MCAD system is SOLIDWORKS, users use native format when sharing with collaborators, STEP file when sharing with clients, fabricators, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Sep 29, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Training Entrepreneurs for the Internet of Things - PTC will donate software, training materials, ThingWorx apps to Lassonde Studio at the University of Utah to help students understand new technology, design smarter, better products, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 29, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

Can 3D Printing Help Kids Learn How to Write? - kids use 3D printed set of solid letters to compose words, sentences at Montessori school, 3D models of solid digraphs help improve tools for writing learning, 3D Perspectives, Sep 29, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Autodesk CTO Reveals Details of Their Spark 3D Printing Platform & Printer: More Coming at Inside 3D Printing Conference - Spark will be compatible with any, all types of 3D printers, has ability for slicing object, creating needed print orientation for that object, Eddie Krassenstein, 3D Print.com, Sep 25, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Challenge 6: Plan Your Drawing - set clear goals, plan deadlines, milestones, content, customers, response, resources before sketching thumbnail version of drawing in AutoCAD, Paul Munford, CAD Notes, Sep 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Mass Haul Diagrams in Civil 3D - visit analyze, 'volumes and materials' menu to select mass haul, fill details in wizard before clicking on create diagram button, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Sep 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Capture and Integrate: Autodesk's ReCap Pro Looks to Clean Up 3D Scanning - creates improved accuracy reports, checks quality of laser scans, provides tools to analyze, detect, fix problematic laser scans, seeks to integrate digital, physical worlds with reality computing technology, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 29, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Inventor Foundations: Basics of Sketching & Modeling - set base sketch properly to ensure model integrity that allows adding/subtracting subsequent features, change/deletion of fillets will have no impact on any geometry created prior to fillet, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

List Custom iProperties of Selected Occurrence - select component, employ Inventor API to obtain iProperties from document that is represented by that occurrence, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Modify a Section Cut in Inventor - right click on section line, select edit selection properties to change section depth to distance, pick distance that will stop cutting to obtain desired results, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Parametric Dumb Solids with Hybrid Direct Editing - understanding setup to remodel complex models in Inventor, Australian CAD Blog, Sep 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic - Delete All iLogic Rules in Entire Assembly - install Vault, lock released files properly to prevent edits before applying code to delete every iLogic rule in component assembly, Luke Davenport, CADline, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Spot Slope Revit - slope direction allows setting slope to point down or up, leader line length changes length of both arrow, triangle option in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Sep 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Events, Again, and Creating an Extrusion Roof - employ NewExtrusionRoof method to add new external command named CmdNewExtrusionRoof, generate stair-shaped element in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Customized Rights Management - new application rights management interface allows admin users run various levels of access across application, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Archive Environment - avail feature to custom archive or maintain backup of database, select all objects, objects modified by user, set reminders to do regular backups, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Move Face - tool helps in multibody selection for translate operations, new end conditions work in assembly, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Width Mate and Angle Mate - angle mate feature has more graphical notifications to tell which angle is complimentary or supplementary, new reference entity option in property manager helps make that distinction, Ketul Patel, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Microsoft Office Add-in for Enterprise PDM - add-in will allow contributors, editors to perform ePDM functions directly from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, has ability to check-out file, in session, not lose changes made to read-only file, Ryan Dally, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Set Up Your Team for Successful Collaboration - importance of collaboration, role of Xrefs, learn about collaborative documentation, coordination, cross-pollination, Curt Moreno, AUGI Library, Sep 26, 2014 (more collaboration articles)

Scan to BIM Still Requires Expert Modelers - busting myths: point cloud is easy, it is error free, point cloud can be exported to Revit BIM, it is ready to use, Bhushan Avsatthi, Informed Infrastructure, Sep 18, 2014 (more AEC articles, 3D scanners articles)

Is NBS Becoming the Google of BIM? - launch of NBS BIM Object Standard is welcome, but we will need stimulus of competition, John Eynon, CIOB, Sep 25, 2014 (more AEC articles)

The Future of Simulation-Driven Product Development - advancements in digital design solutions will help simulation-driven product development grow exponentially, Pranit Banthia, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Resetting Autodesk Standalone Licenses - open file explorer, check file name extensions, hidden items boxes to open program data folder, locate files to rename in Windows 8.1, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 26, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

To Split a Hole Chart Using Filters - set filter to hole chart so that it shows counterbore holes, generate another hole chart from current hole chart before setting filter that shows piped holes, contain remaining holes in AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical articles)

BOM Report Job - open BOM view to generate BOM report that is open, employ plug-in that hooks to job server to trigger reports when items change state in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Sep 26, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles

Using iLogic as an Automated 3D Costing Tool - tip to automate cost instantly without exporting BOM to Excel, link Inventor to Excel to populate quote, Australian CAD Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

How to Calculate and Report Sweep Length in Autodesk Inventor - employ iLogic, custom code to extract parametrically linked sweep length data in Inventor, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, Sep 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Snap Overrides in Revit - press/release tab keep to cycle through different applicable snaps, type keyboard shortcut for required snap to make selection easier, James Philip, CADline, Sep 26, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Options - open design options editor to create new option set, duplicate first routing option to create secondary option, edit duplicated elements to create second duct layout in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Sep 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Divide Path Direction - start 2 point adaptive family, place array using 2 edges, check numbers on path before ticking 'flip direction' option to set path to correct direction in Revit, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Sep 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Proper 3D Printer Shutdown - Stratasys 3D Printer Support Tip - run shutdown wizard if 3D printer is not going to be in use for 2-3 weeks; for longer periods, run machine flush/fill wizard, load machine with cleaning solution, Dave Murawski, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 26, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Building the 3D Printing Community - makerspaces set up in local communities, 3D printing cafes are offering tutorials on 3D printing skills; portals like 3D Hubs are connecting makers to 3D printers across globe, Laura Griffiths, TCT Magazine, Sep 11, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - The How & Why of Reduced File Sizes - Q&A with Vajrang Parvate regarding storage/hardware costs, features, SOLIDWORKS 2015 product design limits, effects of file reduction on performances, backwards compatibility, Michael Lord, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Favorites - import/export project data from Excel files, check enhanced archive environment features, formula manager, data managers, connector management, XML export options, routing analysis, editing through DraftSight, interface upgrades, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - New Formula Manager UI - refine UI to avail recently used formulas, variables for complex marking systems, syntax checking, wires now include wire properties, Corey Kubichka, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Beyond the Concept - SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual offers simple layout, has workflow similar to SOLIDWORKS, predictive search bar, powerful PDM, Nathan Dunn, MCADCafe, Sep 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What Kind of Dog are You? SOLIDWORKS Display States & Configurations - definition of Configurations, using, editing them, usage in drawings, reasons to use configurations, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Wrap Feature - employ wrap command to emboss/deboss material based on flat sketch, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Sep 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Routing - tips to apply rectangular piping in SOLIDWORKS, John Lieber, YouTube, Sep 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3D Printing Reshapes Engineering's Future: A Look Inside the Maker Movement - 3D printing virtually took over the event, Local Motors showed off entirely 3D printed 'Strati' vehicle, Iliza Sokol, Machine Design, Sep 25, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

ANSYS Makes Quantum Leap Forward to Incorporate Virtual Systems Prototyping - ANSYS to incorporate Modelon Modelica with its existing IEEE-backed VHDL-AMS modeling technology, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 25, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

MicroStation Tip: Selecting Your DWG Version - set MS_REALDWG_VERSION configuration variable to required DWG compatibility mode to avoid problems related to version incompatibility, Rod Wing, Envision CAD, Sep 25, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Separating Item Code Rows in AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometrics - add isoconfig.xml to control data that populates BOM tables, add size column to AggregatedList, groups for materials, field materials aggregated lists, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

AEC Dimension: Opening/Door/Window Associativity Initiation Failed - apply DWG_cleaner.scr script to turn on all layers, purge registered applications, click checked button before running script, else run DWG_BatchRecover.scr to get rid of error messages in Civil 3D, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Sep 25, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Item Lifecycles with Autodesk Vault 2015 R2 - configure categories with own lifecycle states, controlling who has permission to transition item into next state, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 24, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Inventor: How to Change Welding Material - visit weld tab, process panel to pick welds, select iProperties from context menu to allow physical tab change material in Inventor, John Evans, Design and Motion, Sep 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

*.Add-in File Version Information - add-in versioning allows add-in writer specify versions of Inventor in which add-in will be loaded, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 25, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Ornamental Metal Fence - post height parameter is controlled by height with pickets having offset from both bottom, top of overall height in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Dialog Box, Dialog Box: Where Art Thou Dialog Box? - open Revit, press alt+space key, 'M' to move dialog box, push any arrow key, move mouse to attach active dialog box to mouse cursor, Eric Bogenschutz, HOK BIM Solutions, Sep 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

It's Good to be SOLIDWORKS - Q&A related to 3DExperience platform integration with SOLIDWORKS, Mechanical Conceptual, Industrial Conceptual, My.SolidWorks.com portal, SOLIDWORKS Treehouse, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Breakout SOLIDWORKS 2015 - render like pro with PhotoView 360, check new assembly techniques to accommodate design changes, surfacing tools, parts, features, upgraded simulation suite, SOLIDWORKS Electrical key schematics, EPDM features, Jesse Sprague, CADimensions Blog, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Blog Series Decimal Rounding - options to round half away from zero, round half towards zero, round half to even, truncate without rounding, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Drawing: Zoom to Sheet - 'zoom to sheet' command automatically zooms to fit the sheet only, regardless of views that may exist outside sheet boundaries, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Weldments - weldment feature enhancements, new set of options to control behavior of weldments at document level, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Treehouse  - employ tool to create, modify assemblies in diagram interface, Tandy Banks, YouTube, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Chain Component Pattern  - visit chain pattern PropertyManager to pattern components along chain path in SOLIDWORKS, Nic Rady, YouTube, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 05: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 1 - overview of surfacing tools, capping ends scenario, extrude, evolve surface method, flat vs curved surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Smack, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tip: Use Design Checker to Find Dangling Dimensions - visit build checks inside design checker option, create new standards file, choose dangling dimension/annotation, un-check pre-defined standards in design-checker task pane before adding new standards in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Apps Blog, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - Why Does the Date Format Differ from Today's Date and Other Dates? - visit 'region and language' section inside Windows control panel to change Windows date, right click on vault in EPDM admin, select properties to update EPDM date format, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Push the Panic Button on CAD System Translations - know your outputs, make project managers aware that translating CAD data is not perfect process, consider specific version issues, eliminate translation by running numbers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 24, 2014 (more CAD translation articles)

Creating Training Videos Just Got Easier - freeware Any Video Converter (AVC) by Ultimate Multimedia Solutions to convert formats, make resolutions consistent, process audio, makes adding videos for batch conversion easy, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 24, 2014 (more CAD training articles)

EXALEAD OnePart: More Than Just Search - OnePart connects to all of enterprise systems having information about part, increases reuse rate of existing parts, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Sep 23, 2014 (more Dassault articles)

AMD Targets the Mother of All Niche Markets - commercial PC sales are staging comeback in 2014, AMD has retooled internally to grab market share, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 23, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Radica Software Runs on Visio - Electra software does 2D electrical design work using Visio as its graphics engine, v7 has new pneumatic, hydraulic design capabilities, 2x faster start up, price starts from $998, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Sep 25, 2014 (more Visio articles)

Dassault Systemes, Intergraph, and NEOLANT Participate in <<Multi-D>> Software Project Developed by a Russian Nuclear Power Plant - based on 3D visual model, Multi-D offers range of tools to model in detail construction, installation processes, to optimize numerous aspects of NPP construction early in preparatory stages, isicad, Sep 22, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Mantis Vision Announces Aquila 3D-Scanning Tablet - 8" tablet is intended to give developers set of tools to produce 3D content, create new applications that use 3D technology, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Sep 2014 (more 3D scanners articles)

Integrated Software Helps Optimize FPSO Design - SACS software from Bentley is integrated suite of software that supports analysis, design, fabrication, installation of offshore structures like FPSO topside structure, Cathy Chatfield-Taylor, Offshore, Sep 17, 2014 (more STAAD articles)

Aras Serves Up PLM Licensing Program for OEMs - independent software vendors can license entire Aras PLM product suite or just subset of underlying technology under new OEM licensing program, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Sep 24, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Newsmaker: Jeff Kowalski - Autodesk executive talks about CAD, parametric design, cloud, Autodesk investing in advanced manufacturing, David Sokol, Architectural Record, Sep 24, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Reduce the Complexity in Controlled Surface Design - load master selection part file with overall design parameters, employ sub-assembly skeletons to reduce design complexities, derive simple forms, work directly on surfaces, apply derived surfaces to create components in Inventor, John Evans, AUGI Library, Sep 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor MFG for BIM Export to Navisworks - open Navisworks, append Inventor assembly to place model, set model in correct position if model is assembled upside down or with origin plane before saving model as native Navisworks file, David Gate, CADline, Sep 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, Navisworks articles)

Creating Civil 3D Surface from Contours - assign elevations to contours, check different combinations before setting 'minimize flat areas by' options in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D Project Template for Visual Studio - create simple project, configure all required references with respective reference paths, debug settings, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Sep 24, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Copy Revit Project Settings to Other Projects - open both source, target project, select target project file where settings is to be copied, activate 'transfer project standards' tool to copy all settings, delete unnecessary duplicate families in Revit, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Sep 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Quarter Past Eight - employ editing capabilities in camera views to move, align, pin objects after selection, reset target button for perspective views when camera is pointing to other side in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Sep 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Modifying, Saving and Reloading Families - employ FamilyManager AddParameter method to save family, replace all text note type fonts in all loaded families in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Hydroforming - cost effective method to shape ductile metals into structurally stiff, strong parts, uses high pressure hydraulic fluid to press metal into desired shape, Jack Wolf, MasterGraphics, Sep 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

TCT Show + Personalize 2014 Preview - 5 key 3D printing processes: filament-based systems, UV curable resins, SLA, sintering for plastics, printing with materials, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 24, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

In Vectorworks 2015, What's New is Really New - 64-bit functionality throughout Vectorworks product line, advanced 3D functionality, new wall tools, updates for its Landmark Civil product, Spotlight set design, mobile accessibility, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Sep 24, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

Vectorworks Tip: Basic Tools - Class Options - 'active only' class option causes trouble with objects that are inside groups or symbols, Jonathan Pickup, Archoncad, Sep 24, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

5 Big Advancements in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - shell manager helps visualize shells, incremental results viewer shows step-wise deformation of simulation, new dynamic load allows access fatigue with vibration, calculate rotating velocity with rotating mesh, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Routing HVAC Ducting Support - visit tools, routing menu to avail piping, flexible tubing, electrical, routing tools, visit route properties PropertyManager to define user defined route type, create ducting styles, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Model Break Views - available in Professional, Premium, MBD versions, model break view tool shortens components, display breaks on drawing views, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - Shell Manager Magic - employ shell manager tool to define shells faster, visit shell manager, preview offset to ensure accuracy of model definitions, David Torick, HRS Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Sheet Metal - discusses PEM holes with sheet metal parts, new capabilities when using lofted bends feature or creating mirror sheet metal parts, components, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Registry Reset: Dude, Where Did My Settings Go? - type regedit in Windows start search, open key, add prefix to rename folder while resetting registry, maintain backup or save registry settings to resolve unexplained issues in SOLIDWORKS, Paul Hagenow, CAPUniversity, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS PhotoView: Keep Your Perspective - change aspect ratio to set perfect perspective, avoid clipping in SOLIDWORKS, Wayne White, CADD Edge, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Xi MTower PCIe Workstation - has Intel Core i7-4790K CPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card, runs CAD programs twice faster as compared to Dell M4800 laptop, good warranty coverage, available for $3114, Ryan Reid, CADdigest.com, Sep 24, 2014 (more Xi workstation reviews)

Arena Solution's PLM Vision 2014+ - Arena Solutions has added supply chain solutions in addition to PLM, has focused on demand analysis, projects, compliance, quality, supplier collaboration, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Sep 23, 2014 (more Arena PLM articles, PLM articles)

How to Use Constraints in Creo Parametric Sketch - exploring 9 types of constraints: vertical, horizontal, perpendicular, tangent, mid-point, parallel, coincident, equal, symmetric, Waqas Ahmad, Mechanical 360, Sep 22, 2014 (more Creo tutorials)

ArchiCAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie Flow, Pt 2: Data Mapping - ArchiCAD users with existing processes can create mapping, push out IFC and/or COBie data; 3 types of data can be mapped: general parameters, object parameters, static text, Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects, Sep 22, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles, AEC articles)

Siemens Goes Big at SMM in Hamburg - Siemens showcased new products from its Drive Technologies business; highlight of exhibit was new diesel/electric eSiPod propulsion system, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 23, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

ANSYS Partners with Modelon to Enable Virtual Systems Prototyping - ANSYS customers will gain access to Modelon's leading functional mock-up interface (FMI) technology, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Sep 23, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

HoneyComb: A New and Free Browser-Based Parametric CAD Platform for 3D Printing - parametric CAD program has simple interface, users can sketch 2D objects, convert them into full 3D shapes, created designs are stored in cloud using STL file format, Cabe Atwell, SolidSmack, Sep 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles, cloud articles)

Learn How to be Proficient with Layers - visit drawing tools menu to create new layers, turn on/off layer visibility, isolate layers, select bulb icon to turn on selected layer while keeping other layers off in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Sep 23, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Cancelling AcGsView::RenderToImage - create custom progress monitor class, override OnProgress method, return true to stop RenderToImage in class derived from AcGsRenderProgressMonitor in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Sep 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Just a Pipe Dream - draft network of pipes using AutoCAD OFFSET command, export SHP files before importing them files to create pipe network in Civil 3D, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Surfacing Showdown: Autodesk vs Dassault Systemes CATIA - CATIA offers superior surfacing capabilities but are not user friendly, CATIA add-ons like Imagine, Shape cost over $20k, Australian CAD Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CATIA articles)

Fast Booleans Using the API - employ TransientBRep functionality to perform modeling work without overhead of creating standard feature, create transient copies of base/tool bodies before performing multiple Boolean operations in Inventor, Brian Ekins, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

PackAndGo from C++ - set design project, options, get referenced files, add referenced files for package, start utility to create package in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Re-Examining Revit Based Plumbing Fixture Calculations, Pt 2 - build parameter that identifies applicable code, split total occupancy in half to adjust space usage between male, female, calculate simple ratios, fixture counts with graduated ratios, Cesar Escalante, Ideate, Sep 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Planting Plans, Pt 4: Styles and Mixes - create schedule key to access styles, plant mix as single area that has parameters for each plant type within mix in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Drawing Zones - right click sheet to open sheet properties, select zone parameters tab to set zone size, margins in SOLIDWORKS, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Feedback for Balloon Asterisks and Spline Leader - hover over asterisk in balloon whose leader is attached to component to avail instant feedback, check new options to create spline leaders for both notes, balloons, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Drawings & Detailing - discusses drawing zones, new decimal, tolerance rounding options, view enhancements, notes, balloons, tables, new detailing options, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Tips You Should Know for September - hit tab key while hovering mouse over part to hide part, employ 'save as' to replace references of virtual component, manage splines by resetting all handles, Jenn Precopio, CADimensions Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Insert a Hex Bolt into an FDM 3D Printed Part - model bolt in SOLIDWORKS, open model into Insight software before printing part on Fortus 250 printer, Dave Belanger, YouTube, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, rapid prototyping articles)

Have You Looked at Zone Stamps Recently? - ArchiCAD 18 has ability to set fixed width value for zone stamp, new metadata, digital approximation data display, zone stamps, its relation to anchor point are scale sensitive, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Sep 22, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Default Contact Stiffness Behavior for Bonded Contact - presence of any non-bonded contact region results in contact stiffness factor for all contact pairs, good practice would be to manually specify contact stiffness factor for all contact pairs, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Sep 22, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Modeling with Architectonic Tile: A Conversation with Tilelook - Q&A with Marco Rossi about FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE catalog, its unique features, advice to SketchUp users, SketchUpdate, Sep 22, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

Project Collaboration - share templates, plot style tables, title blocks, custom linetypes among project members, establish work standards, communicate regularly, standardize files, project names, surfaces, profiles, pipe networks to increase Civil 3D productivity, Bryan Tanner, AUGI Library, Sep 22, 2014 (more Civil 3D articles)

Autodesk Accelerate: Customers Talk PLM 360 - Andrew Anagnost of Autodesk talked about company's view on future of making things, Brian Roepke gave sneak preview of what's coming in PLM 360, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 22, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Sequentially Number AutoCAD Text Objects - visit express tools tab, select auto number to sequentially count text objects in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Sep 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Wicked Smart Command Line - simply type PLINE or PL to invoke POLYLINE command, press 2 key to check commands with blocks to insert, layers to switch that contains 2 in its name in AutoCAD, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Sep 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Organic Placement Using MassFx - create drop, catch objects, place object to drop above object to catch, avail MassFX toolbar shortcuts to set parameters of bottle, cork, adjust physical mesh of bottle before starting simulation, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Sep 22, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Surfacing Showdown: Autodesk Inventor vs Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS - surfacing is faster in Inventor as it focuses on design using NURBS, T-Splines, SOLIDWORKS emphasizes on tools to create planes, 2D/3D sketches, offers better surface quality compared to that in Inventor, Australian CAD Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Inventor articles, SOLIDWORKS articles)

Add a Flange to the End of a Contour Roll - employ sheet metal flange tool to create flange, add other standard flanges to flatten, create panels as single unit in Inventor, Charles Parnell, Cadalyst, Sep 22, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

The Vault Browser in Autodesk Inventor - refresh Vault browser in Inventor so that it reflects current state of files, update properties for active document, visit filter files listed in Vault browser, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD to Bring Accessibility to 3D Printing - GrabCAD Workbench to be tightly integrated with Stratasys' 3D printer offerings to help make 3D printing more accessible, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Sep 16, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles, MCAD articles)

3D Printing Issues and Challenges: Material Costs - manufacturers need to deem 3rd party materials as sales opportunity, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 22, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Costing - costing on weldments, plastic injection molding, 3D printed, cast parts, option to choose stock body allows recognizing machining operations separately from molded geometry, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Limit Mates in the UI - select one face of assembly, click view mates, pick limit distance from mate, avail improved 'edit mate UI' to update entire limit mate dimensions, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Manager Showcase: What's New in Assemblies - open tools suite of applications, avail new treehouse functionality to set up assembly structure for new project, view/interact with assembly structure of existing assembly, Craig Checkley, Solid Apps Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 What's New - Shells  - employ shell manager to specify properties of shells in model easily, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Manager Showcase: What’s New in EPDM - selection filters based on file types allows easy working with large product structures, thumbnail previews offer instant visual clue of file, check file editing dialogs for searching destination folders, Craig Checkley, Solid Apps Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

So You're Planning Your 2015 Enterprise PDM Upgrade - search for 16/24 digit serial number, determine server that is in use as new software change prevents license activation on some virtual machines, editor client now runs only on 64-bit computers, Tonia Lauer, Fisher/Unitech, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - Displaying State as Note in a Drawing - set initial state name in control's properties, map variables attribute to custom property, add action in transitions proceeding state, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Sometimes Size Does Matter - Why Clamp Tonnage is Important - when clamp force supplied by injection molding machine is insufficient to manufacture designed part, user may get some flash around part, SOLIDWORKS Plastics helps accurately calculate clamp tonnage required for part, Christopher Ma, HRS Blog, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

AEC Technology Updates, Fall 2014 - Vectorworks Architect 2015, Newforma Project Center 11th edition, formZ v8, Vico Office R5, Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies, entry of Dassault Systèmes in AEC industry, release of free BIMReview version, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Sep 18, 2014 (more AEC articles)

11 Ways to Avoid a SketchUp Bug Splat - save often, check file with *.skb extension to reclaim file, ensure that versions is up-to-date, purge unused components, avoid excessive hidden geometry, update graphics card driver, Designer Hacks, Sep 22, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

5 Tips for Becoming a Next Generation CAD Designer and Rapid Prototyper - keep updated with market trends, learn about CAD, prototyping process, consider all options, try modeling with SOLIDWORKS, Rhino, Autodesk Fusion 360 tools, determine end goal before starting with designing process, Matt Perez, SolidSmack, Sep 19, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD Selection Highlighting or Effect - check light blue icon in status bar to determine if hardware acceleration is on, set value of SELECTIONEFFECT system variable to turn on/off selection highlighting, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Sep 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Dude, Where is My Favorite AutoCAD Command? - type command in search window of application menu to locate command in AutoCAD, Sam Lucido, CADproTips, Sep 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Exploding Nested AutoCAD Blocks Using .NET - apply Database.ObjectAppended event handler, call custom ExplodeBlock() function for any nested block that gets created, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Challenge 5: Learn the New Features - open AutoCAD help file to check changes in system variables, new features, enhancements, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

To Import 3D Models - drag, drop model into InfraWorks 360, click ‘add data file source’ to open 3D model, configure new data source, visit 3D model tab to adjust model, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 16, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoLISP: EXTRIM Between 2 Edges - define trimming edges, click between 2 selected edges to define area to be trimmed, employ express tool EXTRIM if objects fail to cross selected edges, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 19, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

AutoLISP: Split Dimensions - invoke SPLITDIMS, select dimension to split before picking new point between dimension, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 19, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Inventomizations: Customizing the Inventor InfoTip - locate InfoTip.config file, make ProgramData visible, implement changes in id, name, exclude items, add custom iProperty to standard iProperty, view SAP number before opening file in Inventor, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials

Generate File Number in Inventor - employ automatic file numbering feature to override any existing names, select schema, open ‘generate file number’ dialog, select numbering scheme before changing values in free text number fields, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials

Weird Revit Railing Stuff, Pt 3: Rail Offsets - discusses lack of consistency between old, new style railings with reference to offsets, outcomes for each type in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Sep 20, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

IMAGINiT Revit Utilities Warning: The System was Not Able to Store the License Server Name - verify if user account control setting is set to never notify, obtain license again to solve issue, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revisions and Revision Clouds - add revision cloud directly on view to allow revision appear on revision schedule, apply per project/per sheet numbering option to manage revision numbers for whole project/sheet in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Sep 20, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Flow Simulation Rotating Mesh - sliding mesh mode allows simulating rotating equipment where fluid flow entering rotor is highly non-symmetric with regard to axis of rotation, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 - Enable New License Manager - install software, launch license manager to activate serial number, open EPDM administration tool before logging into Vault to change license, Justin Webster, InFlow Technology, Sep 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Assemblies - discusses new chain pattern assembly feature, workflows for creating assemblies from multi-body parts, exploded view option, angle, width mate enhancements, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - SOLIDWORKS Inspection - employ inspection add-in, standalone interface to easily export, import inspection projects in SOLIDWORKS, Tandy Banks, YouTube, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Plastics  - pattern at mesh stage before going into analysis package in SOLIDWORKS, Bruce Shawler, YouTube, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Drawings  - employ spline leader for drawing patterns or adding notes/balloons, check new options to set location label, Tony Riggs, YouTube, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Format vs Templates in SOLIDWORKS - templates are saved for parts, assemblies, drawings, sheet formats apply only in drawings, right-click anywhere on drawing to edit sheet format, visit titleblock to add links to custom properties, Ashley Johnson, DASI Solutions, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Vectorworks 2015 Release Highlights Mobile Options - improved Graphics Module, new rectangle Wall tool, level constraint system, Nomad mobile app supports 3D viewing of textured, shaded Vectorworks models via cloud, Cadalyst, Sep 18, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

The Astonishing Way 3D Printing Could Rewire Industrial Society - 3D printing technology is still in its infancy, metal-printing 3D printers are not going to be available for consumer market in near future, itPrint Australia, Sep 17, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

10 Things to Know About MODO for Product Design and Design Visualization - advanced, full integrated renderer, ability to create a wide variety of preset types, Mesh Fusion plug-in to achieve real-time Booleans with subdivision surfaces, flexible VFX rigging system, Andy Brown of Foundry, Novedge, Sep 18, 2014 (more modo articles)

Bluebeam Tips: Presentations without PowerPoint - create new document, chose custom slides template, copy, paste, use markups, snapshot tool to create slides, use presentation mode to run presentation, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Sep 18, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

Lenovo ThinkServer RD340 Shines at Virtualization - single 2.4Ghz Xeon E5-2470 v2 CPU, 32GB RAM, MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i controller, 2 USB ports up front, good performance, at home as file server or a virtual computer host, base price is $1,319, Bill Debevc, CADdigest.com, Sep 19, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

DE Editor Digitally Captured in Photogrammetry and Hand-Held Scanner - photo-based approach is good for capturing humans, but for capturing typical mechanical shapes with flat surfaces, perfect arcs, sharp edges, scanner gives better definition, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 18, 2014 (more Autodesk 123D Catch articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Interview with Melissa Schultz: Converting a Company to Synchronous - transitioning 70 Solid Edge users to Synchronous, taking advantage of hybrid modeling, using training from reseller, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Sep 18, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Organize with the Project Navigator - employ project, constructs, views, sheets tab to correspond to main phases of project creation, open drawing explorer to organize drawing files in AutoCAD Architecture, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Sep 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 Unable to Open - open registry editor, type regedit in search field to change registry key value, John Flanagan, CADline, Sep 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Plant 3D 2015 Deployment Problems with the Object Enabler - create new deployment, deselect option that installs object enabler, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Masking the Wipeout - invoke WIPEOUT command to hide edges of bubbles, turn off wipeout frames or employ 'display but not plot' option to hide frame in AutoCAD P&ID, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Showcase Match Color from Anywhere - right click on object, pick material properties to change single object, 'in scene materials properties' option to change material for whole scene, manually set color or activate picker to match color, David Gate, CADline, Sep 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Licensing and Computer Virtualization - Q&A regarding licensing, service agreement, permissions to install on virtual machines, application of session specific network license type to virtual machine installations, Anthony Hauck, Inside the Factory, Sep 10, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Back to Basics - 4 Autodesk Inventor Techniques You Should Know - select workplane tool to click 2 faces, employ derive workflow to maintain adaptive geometry with source part/assembly, convert project geometry to construction, create plane on endpoint, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Sep 19, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

InfraWorks 2015: Import SketchUp Model - convert SKP file to Collada, DAE, format by exporting SKP from free SketchUp Make 2014, drag, drop DAE file in InfraWorks model before assigning it to correct type, Gaurav Bagga, Ideate, Sep 18, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, SketchUp tutorials)

Create Butt Glazing in a Curtain Wall/Storefront - open 3D view to remove mullions located at corners, unpin glazing, edit panel by clicking edit in-place before selecting geometry to adjust condition in Revit, The Revit Kid, Sep 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 R2. Site Designer for Revit. What It Really Means to You - log into Autodesk subscription site, links to download enhancements categorized into power, performance, productivity groups, Joe Eichenseer, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Sep 18, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Scuttlebutt From IMTS 2014 and More - Mexico is becoming new Detroit of North American manufacturing, 4.5 million cars are estimated to be manufactured there by 2019, Lloyd Graff, Today's Machining World, Sep 17, 2014 (more CAD show articles, CAM articles)

IMTS 2014 - Is Showmanship Dead? - being creative, having fun still matters when selling products, Noah Graff, Today's Machining World, Sep 12, 2014 (more CAD show articles, CAM articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Mirrored Parts and Components - mirror part command to transfer sheet metal information to newly mirrored component, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - eDrawings Now Supports Annotation Views - ability to use 3D annotations like DimXpert dimensions, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Parts & Features - learn new surface feature enhancements like flattening, adding curvature combs to surfaces, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Goal Convergence Symbols in Flow Simulation - tick analysis interval option to check if current value goal is within criterion goal, select 'show convergence history' to enable convergence symbols in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Recent Developments in SOLIDWORKS - preview tiles to view, click expand icon, avail options to edit file, view in read-only, fully resolved, lightweight, large assembly, design review or quick view modes, set particular configuration, display state, Sam Hochberg, SolidNotes, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

DimXpert and Copy Scheme for Configurations - employ DimXpert to dimension gripper pad instance, copy scheme tool to replicate annotation schema from one configuration to other in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Apps Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Create Offset Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS - tips to generate extended surface for asymmetrical 3D solid body, techniques to form complex geometry, cutouts, Matt Perez, YouTube, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3Dconnexion's SpaceMouse Pro Goes Wireless - SpaceMouse Pro Wireless has comfort advantage, comes with 15 programmable buttons, twin port USB-hub, new driver also has mouse wheel, works in Windows, any software, good battery charge, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, Sep 17, 2014 (more mice reviews)

How to Embed SketchUp Models from the 3Dwarehouse Into Your Portfolio Site - locate SketchUp model on 3Dwarehouse website, choose to embed as thumbnail or 3D viewer, dialogue window pops-up with code snippet, copy it, log-in to portfolio website, add new post, paste code into dialog box, Designer Hacks, Sep 16, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Data Visualization for Optimization and Lightweighting - data analysis and plotting program, Origin supports multiple worksheets, offers 100 built-in graph types, tightly integrated with MATLAB, offers good way to present numerical data as interactive graphics, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 17, 2014 (more MATLAB articles)

There's More to Being a CAD Technician Than AutoCAD Skills - essential skills to getting a job using CAD: math skills, working well with others, learning mindset, industry specific skills, software knowledge, experience, Brian Benton, Novedge, Sep 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles, Jobs and Careers articles)

AutoCAD: Attributes How to Control the Order They are Prompted - select attributes in some specific order when creating block in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

A Couple of Recent Issues - tips to access ribbon drop down pin, settings arrow from API, determine if family instance is joined, obtain face from ReferenceIntersector, modify family instance geometry in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Guide Grids - place plans in sheet views, select view tab to locate, click on button labeled as guide grid, select existing guide grid or mark new grid in Revit, Mike Taylor, BIM Wits, Sep 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Optimize Gear Cooling with Volume of Fluid Simulations - employ good lubrication to ensure that gear system works, study surface interaction between oil, air in drive unit, re-position drive unit's cooling fins using ANSYS Fluent to fix internal heating issues, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 17, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

How to Model Structural Mechanics in COMSOL Multiphysics - conduct static analysis of bracket assembly, perform parametric sweep to analyze bearing load, Amelia Halliday, COMSOL Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Chapter 3 - SolidWorks Fundamentals - add-in load time is displayed, add physical breaks parts, assemblies using model break view tools, ability to open model in position, to view curvature combs for surfaces, Daniel Herzberg, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Grouping Features in Favorite Folders - move specific features to 'Favorites' folder, then group them into subfolder, giving that subfolder specific name, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Sketching - enhancements to fundamental sketching tools, create midpoint lines, add construction lines to all rectangle types, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known from the Beginning - click 'zoom fit all' icon to zoom model, verify mode by visiting icon in display window, hit 'set as SOLIDWORKS button' to control mouse movements, create custom orientations using view orientation window, Crystal Yazvac, CAPUniversity, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Custom Cross Hatch - tips to read custom hatch pattern table, set data items to describe linear path in SOLIDWORKS, Eloise Jean, Innova Systems, Sep 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS with Bleach or Who Turned Out the Lights? - click on display manager icon to edit ambient light settings, else change viewport background to allow visibility of white shirt, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Wire Harnessing - develop schematic to create well devised bundle, design, create harness drawing using routing, electrical tools, Brian Do, MCAD Tech Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Find Folders with Large Folder Counts in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - understanding query to regulate folders with referencing files inside them in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Jeff Barker, InFlow Technology, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 04: Methods for Fine-Tuning Splines - reasons for occurrence of curvature inflections, utility of conic curve tool, style splines in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Storm Clouds on the Horizon - intellectual property in context of digital manufacturing, disruptive effects of 3D printing, inconsistent/inappropriate licensing schemes for 3D data, Tom Kurke, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 16, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns, Pt 2 - arranging multiple line types horizontally, vertically or inclined to create hatch pattern which can be used in fill command in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Sep 16, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Femap App Automates Margin of Safety and Report Writing - SDC Verifier has model recognition tools to help find joints, beam member length, plate dimensions, welds, full report wizard is available to automate process of report generation, reducing time, expense, Amy Bui, Saratech Inc Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more Femap articles)

Dimensions with No Comma Separators - for Mac, go to system preference, open language and region settings, set number separator grouping to none, Cadimage, Sep 17, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor T-Splines Troubleshooting - select warning sign on floating toolbar, pick links to get advice regarding problems related to surface, apply freeform tool to sharpen edge in Inventor, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, Sep 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Lines Display Blurry or Unsharp in AutoCAD 2015 - turn off smooth line display in graphics performance box or edit settings in NVIDIA driver, else reinstall AutoCAD 2015 after updating graphics card driver, Kate Ming, Ideate, Sep 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Applying Parametric Constraints to Dynamic Blocks - tips to create one block that can dynamically adjust based on some parameters in AutoCAD, Donnie Gladfelter, CAD Geek, Sep 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Solids/Fills are No Longer Filled After a LISP Virus - enter FILLMODE variable, set its value to 1, invoke REGENALL to obtain fill, adjust SHADEMODE settings if items are not filled in AutoCAD, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Multi View Blocks: A Different Perspective - create an associated elevation view of multi view block, employ 2D block as style in Civil 3D profile view, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Uninstalling the Autodesk Design Suites - employ Autodesk uninstall tool to uninstall entire software at once in proper order, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, Sep 15, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Topo, Pt 2: Working the Triangles - turn on triangulation, add point along existing edges or lines to deal with topo/contour irregularity, simplify surface, points along contour lines to reduce number of triangles in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Play Nice in the Sandbox - connection between builders, designers, managerial principles, sharing Revit models, getting rid of improper ideas develops true collaboration, Josh Carney, AUGI Library, Sep 16, 2014 (more Revit articlesAEC articles)

Practical Dynamo - Excel Linking, Pt 2: Keeping Track of Your Families - invoke ElementSelector.ByUniqueID command, create code block before plugging that into SetParameterByName node, BIM Troublemaker, Sep 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Timothy McDonald and Glenn Larson of Ft. Walton Machining: Interview - using SysPro for ERP system, cost effectiveness of moving to CATIA, avoiding multiple file translations headaches, revision, job control processes, engineering aspect in CATIA, John Evans, Design and Motion, Sep 17, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, CATIA articles)

Can Your Search Tool Find Similarly Shaped Files? - Mine Does - EXALEAD OnePart is browser-based, single search box for all of data, regardless of source, can identify files for design reuse, Jeff Gherardi, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 16, 2014 (more Dassault articles)

SOLIDWORKS Launches New Product to Support Paperless Manufacturing - SOLIDWORKS MBD tool publishes 3D product manufacturing information, explains design without 2D drawings, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Weldment End Caps - create end cap with new 'internal' option that allows building end cap to fit inside tube while offsetting recess, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Configurations Toolbar - visit configurations tool bar to select configurations, avail options to detach toolbar from top or bottom ribbon to place it anywhere in graphics area, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Tutorial - Custom Context Menus Graphics Area - customize context sensitive popup menus to make commonly used commands handy while modeling in SOLIDWORKS, Chris Briand, YouTube, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Keyboard Shortcuts - open software, click arrow on far right side of quick access toolbar to select 'more commands,' choose keyboard tab in customize screen to pick command to be added as shortcut, Clare Schaeffer, SolidNotes, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Surf Through Your Models - Why Use SOLIDWORKS Surfacing? - helps in creating geometry that is tangent to edges or has no flat ends, controls every face in model independently, Sasi Sithambaram, CADimensions Blog, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Controlling Tolerances and Decimal Precision in Drawings - click hole callout to add tolerances, employ 'unit precision' drop down to specify decimal precision of main value in SOLIDWORKS drawing, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Modeling a Bike - The Frame - start with 2 straight cylinders in SOLIDWORKS, connect cylinders with frame shapes using lofts, tips for creating straight shafts that are horizontal, Jack Murphy, Solid Solutions, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM Tech Tip: Making a Dynamic Dropdown for Your Datacards - create list containing items that need to be in dropdown, create your query-based list, add new list, for 'data type' choose 'from SQL database,' Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

CAD Gets More Animated - KeyShot, Bunkspeed can import from all major CAD file formats, create more sophisticated animation; Deltagen application specializes in near real-time visualization of big, complex data sets, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more KeyShot articles, rendering articles)

HardMarque Designs Rethinks Manufacturing Through SolidThinking - Nick Hardman used Solid Thinking Inspire software to create design for custom, lightweight titanium piston, then used Evolve to refine shape as well as to add manufacturing requirements economically, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Sep 15, 2014 (more solidThinking articles)

All Quiet on the CAD Lawsuit Front - Auto-Dimensions vs Siemens, Autodesk, Dassault; Autodesk vs ZWSOFT case involves culture clash, missteps by both sides, potential fallout affecting entire AutoCAD workalike industry, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Sep 16, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Openness is a Glorious Thing - openness is driving 3D printing industry forward, everyone involved should agree not to stand in way of other companies offering related products, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 15, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

What's New on the CAD Side of Vectorworks 2015 - new curtain wall tool to design glass walls framed by steel members, named elevations for placing details, deform tool also deforms 3D objects, ability to fade gradients to no color, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Sep 16, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

Even More Find and Select: Building Materials and IFC Properties - create criteria sets based on any IFC property in ArchiCAD 18, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Sep 15, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD Based Programs Quick Exits When Launching Right After Showing Licensing - change permissions on ADLM folder, rename Autodesk files in Flexnet folder, update security permissions on AutoCAD Electrical 2015 shortcut before running it, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Learn the Dimensioning Tools - hit 2 endpoints or double tap line segment/polyline segment to automatically create linear dimension, click on starting, center, end point of angle to create angular dimension in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Sep 15, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Sharing Awesomeness, Pt 2: Data Population in AutoCAD P&ID - perform copy/paste through Windows explorer to update existing project with new drawings, manually modify off-page connectors in master project if they get disconnected in working project, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Importing Minecraft Data into AutoCAD - install MCEdit to install schematic file, create single Solid3d in BlockTableRecord before generating BlockReference for each Minecraft block, apply IMC command to import Tinkercad data into AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Exporting Minecraft Data from AutoCAD - tips to generate blocks in .schematics file using substrate in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

An Easier Way to Change the Snap Value - check LISP routines for ribbon menu that can change snap value, apply modemacro line to permanently display snap value in AutoCAD, Sylvain Coupal, Cadalyst, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Use the Layers Palette for Layer Merge - visit layers palette to select layers to be merged, select merge layers option to view available layers, select desired layer before using sorting options in AutoCAD 2015, Levi Connolly, Cadalyst, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

5 Quick Tips for Autodesk Inventor Part Modeling - create offset workplane, sketch together, apply 'select other' tool to pick back face of part, sweep along edge, generate four hole pattern, choose slice graphics, project geometry to highlight icons, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Sep 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Change the Display on Dimensions in Inventor - create sketch, add parameters to sketch, select dimension display to change expression in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Sep 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Adaptive Components, Pt 1 - tips to create first adaptive points, components in generic model adaptive family in Revit, Veredith Keller, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Sep 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015: Curved Curtain Walls - create basic wall style, edit element properties of curtain wall system, set default panel type as new basic wall style in Revit, John Flanagan, CADline, Sep 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Digging a Little Deeper - select mate from either feature tree or from graphic area, profile center mate automatically center aligns, mates profiles, Michael Lord, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Exploded Views - components aligned either radially or cylindrically about axis can be exploded in one step, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Flattening Surfaces - copy surface of pipe, flatten complex surface with ability to export flattened shape into .dwg file, YouTube, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Tutorial - Radial Explode - creating exploded configuration of assembly, YouTube, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Siemens PLM Grows Into the AG - A Good Thing - cloud, social, mobile, big data were main topics at Siemens PLM analyst event, Teamcenter is being streamlined for small to large companies, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 14, 2014 (more Teamcenter articles, PLM articles)

Anatomy of a PLM Market Shift - Daimler builds new processes after moving to Siemens PLM, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Sep 12, 2014 (more PLM articles)

IMTS 2014: Manufacturing Innovation and Much More - Smartforce Student Summit event at International Manufacturing Technology Show introduced educators, students, parents to new innovations in manufacturing technology, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 11, 2014 (more CAD show articles, CAM articles)

Eight Must-Have AutoCAD Skills to Get Hired - drafting, layer management skills, understand proper usage of Xrefs, styles, when to use paper space, viewports, file management, sheet sets, Brian Benton, Novedge, Sep 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles, Jobs and Careers articles)

Perpetual AutoCAD Licenses to End? - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass asserts to discontinue perpetual licenses in near future, relevance of subscription model, perpetual-only vs subscription-only licenses, non- Autodesk camp promises to offer perpetual licenses on desktop software, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, Sep 11, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Gives Sneak Peek of Updates to Fusion 360 - new in-product tutorials allows easy learning, free 3D viewer offers better collaboration, Javascript within Fusion 360 automates custom tasks, improved T-Spline creasing performance, CAM, UI enhancements, price starts at $25 per month, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Sep 12, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

ACA - Creating a New Tool Palettes Set - create new profile to generate empty tool palette set, remove all paths except one pointing to new, empty folder, click ok to dismiss options dialog, generate new tool palette, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Sep 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Cleaning Up of AutoCAD Drawing Files - run OVERKILL command, select elements in drawing, click ok in delete duplicate objects dialog to delete spare elements, report items deleted/enhanced on AutoCAD command line, Dennis Collin, CADline, Sep 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

Custom Iso Drawing Names - open AutoCAD Plant 3D drawing, invoke PLANTDEFINECALCPROPERTIES command, visit piping tab to create new property in 3D environment, set name for new property before opening data manager to populate it, Aaron Simpson, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Don't Forget That CADWorx P&ID Cfm.shx File - ignore 'missing SHX files' dialog if CADWorx is not installed in PC, copy compiled shape file from different CADWorx user to AutoCAD support path, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Productivity Tip: Organizing Drawing Files and Folders - set folder layout, save all .dwgs in CAD folder along with any drawings/files, employ base folder to copy, paste template folder, rename folders as necessary in AutoCAD, Brandon Loehr, Better At Everything, Sep 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inventor Stress Analysis - Split Thin Bodies - employ split body tool instead of split face tool to create multiple solid bodies on part, ensures area where force is to be applied is not converted to thin body, Luke Davenport, CADline, Sep 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Weird Stuff with Revit Railings, Pt 2: Railing Extents - avoid creating group that contains railing with only top rails, Revit Sundial code in v2015 is updated to ensure extents do not include 0,0,0 but include previous location of stair/railing that has moved, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Sep 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Vault Copy Design 2.0 - new version allows adding multiple datasets easily, copying parents automatically, setting copied names, creating custom copy design rules, offers support for non-CAD file types, faster performance, numbering schemes, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 15, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Working on an Offline Vaulted Sheet Set - invoke VLTSAVETODST command to create DST file, continue working on vaulted sheet set even after logging out from Vault, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 8 , 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Review: Formlabs Form 1+ - high-resolution desktop 3D printer comes fully calibrated, is easy to set up, has capability to run from 0.1mm layers down to 0.025mm, PreForm software helps automatically orient part, generate supports, inspect build, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Stratasys 3D Printer Support Tip: Wiper Cleaning, Inspection, and Replacement on a PolyJet Desktop Printer - run wiper cleaning procedure to ensure wiper isn't damaged, bath is clear of debris, if wiper replacement is needed, Dominick Damato, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Dynamic Reference Visualization - ability to dynamically see parent/child relationships between features within FeatureManager, determine feature dependencies in parts, assemblies easily, Chris Briand, Javelin Technologies, Sep 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Creating SOLIDWORKS Drawing Templates with Enterprise PDM - extension is different for each file type, save location gets changed based on file template location set up, prefer using available standard drawing sizes, title blocks, Derek Lawson, InFlow Technology, Sep 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

How to Insert a Title Block into SOLIDWORKS Composer - capture image of drawing title block, turn off ground and grid options located on render tab, change foot color to white, insert image using image 2D tool, Dave Bazinet, CADD Edge, Sep 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2014 - How to Export Transient Thermal Results into a Static Study - Shivani Patel of GoEngineer, YouTube, Sep 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Pro Wireless Review - ergonomic design, 6DoF navigation, conveniently positioned keyboard modifiers, impressive battery life, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Sep 12, 2014 (more mice reviews)

The Most Annoying Thing in CAD: Survey Says - getting 3D data from one CAD app to another, creating physical simulations of working parts, assemblies, sharing files with collaborators, making unforeseen changes after initial CAD is complete, Adam O'Hern, Solid Smack, Sep 5, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

How to Import SketchUp Textures & Create Custom Materials - select SketchUp texture, click paint bucket tool to pick materials, open create material window to import textures before visiting color editor section to adjust material's color, Designer Hacks, Sep 9, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Sliver Treatment Strategies for CFD - generate surface mesh to identify sliver, remove sliver by joining it with larger neighbor, else specify inlet boundary condition, specify mesh size constraint to retain sliver, Richard Smith, Symscape, Sep 11, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Lenovo ThinkStation P Series Application Performance Figures with New Haswell Xeon E5 v3 CPUs - ThinkStation P series vs Sandy Bridge Xeon vs Ivy Bridge Xeon workstations; comparative performance figures inside 4 leading 3D applications: SOLIDWORKS, PTC Creo, 3ds Max, Maya, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 9, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

Siemens Makes PLM New Again - embracing 4 drivers of change to see old PLM become new PLM: cloud, social, mobile, big data; CEO Chuck Grindstaff suggested that complexity is foundation of innovation, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 11, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Essential Strategies for Mold Measurement - good measurement data must support mold building, manufacturing, assembly processes, participants of CMS measurement study analyzes measurement data to make informed calculations, Keith Bevan, MoldMaking Technology, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

How Do We Teach Our Machines to Design? - exploring role of augmented humans in algorithmic age, Jordan Brandt, YouTube, Sep 5, 2014

Scott Wertel, PE - talk about work, holding title of configuration manager, principal, primary, secondary CAD program, writing for publications, Jeff Mirisola, Jeff's Tool Shed, Aug 15, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Program Splash Screen Starts Up and Then Closes - access Windows run dialog to verify if licensing service is running, check if file productname201xENUAdlm.log is located under Autodesk, ADLM folder, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 9, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Civil 3D 2015: Missing Ribbon, Workspaces, Palettes, and Support Files - open Windows explorer session, navigate to both local, roaming Autodesk locations to delete C3D 2015 folder, copy C3D folder to appropriate locations before restarting Civil 3D, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Grading Plans, Pt 2: The True Spot Elevation - offset floor by 1 to display true spot of elevation, avoid offsetting floor if sub elements have been modified in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Split a Revision Schedule in Revit - employ conditional formulas within revision schedule to split schedule, Cesar Escalante, YouTube, Sep 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

User Dialogues in Femap API, Pt 1 - press ctrl+D to open user dialogue editor, right click on element to edit associated parameters, press save, exit once configuration of UI elements is set, Amy Bui, Saratech Inc Blog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Femap articles)

User Dialogues in Femap API, Pt 2 - employ select case structure to input from UI, capture API data entered/selected before applying response in basic program, Amy Bui, Saratech Inc Blog, Sep 11, 2014 (more Femap articles)

Digitalization, Systems-Level Design are Keys to Manufacturing Success - Siemens PLM Software shared company strategy updates, software developments, customer success stories at its annual media event, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Sep 11, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

SEU2014 Presentation on Parametric Assemblies  - Fred Menage, YouTube, Sep 10, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Covers More Users with 3D Umbrella - model-based definition to define, organize, publish 3D product manufacturing information, priced at priced at $1,995, Treehouse feature, fillet tool to create asymmetrical fillets, chain pattern feature, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2015: Enhancements That Will Blow You Away - rotating mesh in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, edge-to-edge bonding for shells, self-contact detection, fatigue with vibration, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - The Buzz is Real - variable patterns, SOLIDWORKS model based definition, new costing tools, Elizabeth Kinsey, HRS Blog, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 - What's New - second generation web interface built to run on multiple browser types, overhauled copy tree, separate move permissions, enhanced rollback, Justin Webster, InFlow Technology, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Microsoft Office Add-in for Enterprise PDM - ability to check out, check in, undo check out, get latest or previous file versions, display, edit data card information, view file status information, Ryan Dally, InFlow Technology, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Simulation: Load Contact Manager - tool to create, test different primary load cases, linear combinations of primary load cases in static studies, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Selection Sets - select small entities without having to zoom or use selection filters, select multiple entities in model or drawing, save selections as selection set that user can return to at any time, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Filters are Your Friends - click on filter icon to activate filter menu, select quick or custom filter options to show items that match value of property selected, apply numeric ranges, maximums, minimums for greater control, Cody Pendzich, SolidNotes, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Hump Day Hot Tip 03: Working with Style Splines in SOLIDWORKS 2014 - overview of style spline, methods for locking, smoothing style spline, tips to combine 2 splines into same sketch, smoothen out 2 connected splines in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Choose Your Battles - set priorities to survive in new CAD environment: hardware, bandwidth, optimization, training, mobile device policies, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 10, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

All Together Now - collaboration between trades, working together in symphony are crucial for BIM projects, integrated project delivery, Bill Campbell, AUGI Library, Sep 10, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Intel Xeon E5-2600/1600 v3 Aimed at Data Centers, Private Cloud, and Virtualization - up to 18 cores per socket, 45MB of last-level cache, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family boosts CAE software performance, consuming lesser power, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 10, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, cloud articles)

PTC Customers Use Our Products as a Vehicle for Expression of Their Ideas - Q&A with Barton Fiske of PTC about customers using PTC's visualization technology, thoughts about PTC customers, ecosystem, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, Sep 10, 2014 (more Creo articles)

Autodesk's Rebranded A360 Cloud Solution - provides storage space for project documents, access to project data from any device, available in 2 versions: free, paid A360 Team versions for $10 per member per month on annual subscription, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Sep 10, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

To Create a Detail View with a Circle as Its Border - create base view of part, select vertex in base view to attach detail view, specify center point of circular area before identifying location for detail view in AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor - Drawing View Threads - turn on thread feature display options, maintain backup of registry keys before attempting to edit registry setting in Inventor, Chris Turner, CADline, Sep 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Select Plane of Given Part Occurrence - get component definition of occurrence, obtain work plane's representation inside assembly through component occurrence object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Apprentice in Side Thread - convert thread into STA thread to allow apprentice support multi-threading in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Re-Examining Revit Based Plumbing Fixture Calculations, Pt 1 - keep units for each calculated value consistent, recapture load data from Revit occupancy calculations, round aggregated totals of every occupancy to upper integer before building calculations, Cesar Escalante, Ideate, Sep 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Unique Names and the NamingUtils Class - discusses issues related to name checking functionality that happens when creating ParameterFilterElements in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Dispels the Dark Cloud of Uncertainty - SOLIDWORKS portfolio now consists of 19 separate products, some of which have roots in Dassault Systemes 3D Experience technology, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Focuses on Design, Not Modeling - isolating 3D model components, saving selection are simplified, 'move face' command tool moves offsets up to feature's body, Treehouse feature allows users to create assembly structures before creating parts, Kaylie Duffy, Product Design & Development, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Event - Twitter's Favorite Enhancements - print directly to 3D printers, SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation results can be saved to eDrawings files, automatic links to both web, mobile-based eDrawings tools, which allow user to view parts, assemblies on the go, Daniel Herzberg, Sep 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What's New in SolidWorks 2015: Chapter 2 - User Interface - configurations toolbar, copy settings wizard to save, restore mouse gestures independently of system options, select multiple entities in model/drawing, save selections as selection set, Daniel Herzberg, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Chain Pattern - choose from 3 different type patterns: distance, distance linkage, connected linkage, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Midpoint Line - create line that is symmetrical from midpoint of line, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Anatomy of a Cable: Handling the Accessories - define components with relevant manufacturers' part information, 2D symbols, 3D models, save defined component in SQL database before using it in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Andy Beaupre, CAPUniversity, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Keeping Your Skills Sharp - design part file using separate bodies, create assembly, rope as swept features, decide on fabric, cushion of chair, render image in SOLIDWORKS, Dave Murray, CADimensions Blog, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using Design Studies Can Save You Hours - run static study with specific transient thermal time step to view transient stresses, link design study before setting any or all transient time steps to vary in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chain Component Pattern - employ chain component pattern from command manager to simulate link based power transmission chains, belts in SOLIDWORKS, Chris Briand, YouTube, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Trimble Acquires Gehry Technologies - Trimble's construction-focused approach to AEC technologies makes acquisition more meaningful, than Autodesk or Dassault Systemes, which both focus on design issues, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Overlapping Overset Meshes Open New Prospects for CFD Simulation of Moving Gear Systems - 'volume of fluid' method offers efficient way to study different oil-filling levels in gearbox with respect to their influence on oil flow, on volume fraction of oil on gear flanks, Christine Klier, Design World, Aug 13, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Interview with Dan Staples - promotion to VP of development for mainstream engineering, additional staff, effects of ST7 on new/existing users, Solid Edge line products, distinction between CAM Express, CAMWorks, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Sep 9, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

4D Printing on the Rise - 4D printing develops materials that can change properties, characteristics based on changes in environment, Sarah Mangiola, Machine Design, Sep 4, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Layers with Blocks & Xrefs - set BYLAYER color property of object to inherit color of layer, position objects in layer 0 to obtain layer properties, open layer manager to view layers of drawing that is attached as XREF, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Sharing Awesomeness in AutoCAD Plant 3D - Sending Projects - include piping specs, templates, external references, tool palettes before sending projects, employ copy drawings to SQL server project to bring in P&ID, model, ortho drawings, create SQLite database before copying drawings, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Draw Text Graphics - apply FormattedText, PathGeometry to draw text in Navisworks 2015, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, Sep 9, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Autodesk Aims to Tackle Collaboration Challenges with A360 - A360 addresses issues related to project coordination, change tracking, design rework, scattered communications, sharing project information, viewing design data, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Sep 9, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Multi-View Blocks - create one symbol/block in 2D, another in 3D, visit AutoCAD workspace to insert tab, block panel, select edit multi-view block definition, set block components before inserting MV block in Civil 3D, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 9, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

A Digital Prototyping Walkthrough - Multi-Solid Body Modeling - create sketch utilizing conceptual model, form work planes, sketch to build additional solid, invoke make components command before selecting solid bodies, type of part template to determine assembly in Inventor, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Sep 9, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Tutorial - Work Planes - create 3D sketch, form work planes, generate new sketch in work places, apply hole command to make simple hole, visit browser menu to turn off planes in Inventor, Microfabricator, Aug 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor - Loft Tutorial - create sketch, turn on origin plane, form work plane parallel to YZ origin plane, draw second sketch before employing loft tool to create object that reduces in size from one end to other, Microfabricator, Aug 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Grading Plans, Pt 1: Generic Annotations - compares generic annotations with tags that updates every time information about annotated object changes in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Annotation Symbols in Locked 3D Views in Revit - employ spot coordinate or spot elevation with applied symbol family that uses symbols in locked 3D views, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Sep 10, 2014(more Revit tutorials)

Keynote Table Reload and Happy iPhone Day - call KeynoteTable.GetKeynoteTable to obtain document's keynote table, LoadFrom to reload keynote table from different location in Revit, Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Sep 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Formula-Driven Surface Boundaries in Revit Using Dynamo - tip to create surfaces using reference lines driven by mathematical formulas, Cesar Escalante, YouTube, Sep 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - First Impressions - ability to create line that is symmetrical from midpoint of line, option of adding centerlines from either corners or midpoints, new segment feature, Michael Lord, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Dassault Dishes the Goods on SOLIDWORKS 2015 and the Future of SOLIDWORKS - ability to 'unwrap' surface onto flat plane, 'split' tool can now split surface bodies, parent/child relationship appear in feature tree, open part in position, profile center mate, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 is Here - My Favorite Top 20 CAD Enhancements - 'free' condition for width mates, enhanced end conditions for 'move face' feature, 3D spline on multiple faces, variable patterns, Alin Vargatu, Javelin Technologies, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Blast Out of Beta SOLIDWORKS 2015 is Here - ability to customize context-sensitive toolbars, selection context toolbar, setting multiple dimensions to driven, status bar display of cylinder diameter, visualization tool for references, Deepak Gupta, Boxer's CAD CAM Blog, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Mid Point Line - create line that is symmetrical from midpoint of line, discussing 2 options to draw midpoint line, Deepak Gupta, Boxer's CAD CAM Blog, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Flattening Surfaces - ability to flatten a surface model, SOLIDWORKS will also calculate stresses generated to show where material would be stressed or compressed, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Visualization Tool for References - dynamically view all parent relationships associated to any feature in FeatureManager design tree by simply hovering over feature, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: A Few of My Favorite Things - ability to 'select previous' with click of pop-up toolbar, to automatically update cut list naming, asymmetric fillets to get complex, attractive geometry into model easily, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Gets Ready to Release MBD, a Brand New Product That Anticipates Paperless Manufacturing - plug-in helps define, organize, publish 3D product manufacturing information in industry standard file formats, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer Tool - helps user go through each step of CAD modeling process by stepping through each feature, sketch as they were created, Sam Solloum, Design Point Solutions, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Cloud Opens Doors to Mainstream PLM - major PLM vendors are offering PLM in private cloud, but companies like GrabCAD, Autodesk, Kenesto, Arena are adopting true SaaS multi-tenant model, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Latest PDF3D Version is Standalone for 3D PDF Conversion - Q&A with Ian Curington of PDF3D about compression of PRC, ease-of-use of PDF3D ReportGen, functionality available to user after receiving PDF3D file, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Sep 8, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

HP Unveils New Haswell Xeon E5 v3 Workstations - The Z440, Z640, Z840 - workstations feature new DDR4 memory, which runs 14% faster than DDR3 memory, HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe storage, Thunderbolt 2, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 8, 2014 (more HP workstation articles)

3D Printing a Sustainable Future - 3D Systems is focused on making their machines, materials sustainable with minimum environmental impact, has consumer recycling system in place, Laura Griffiths, TCT Magazine, Sep 8, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Trimble Consolidating AEC at Dassault Expense - Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies that had secured investments from Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

The Basics of Creating New Surfaces in ArchiCAD 18 - visit surface settings to select surface, click new followed by 'replace settings from catalog' option to edit appearance, delete existing surface, or create new surface in category, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Sep 8, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Printing a Watermark - employ figure tool to resize direction of image file, enable transparencies if image is placed in layout overlapping drawings in ArchiCAD, Cadimage, Sep 9, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Create Stylish Leaders with a Multileader - access multileader style manager dialog box in AutoCAD, choose existing style to start with, specify leader type from leader format tab, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Sept 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Disabling AutoCAD Layer Output When Plotting to PDF - open plotters directory, add plotter dialog to select new plotter installation location, set Autodesk ePlot as manufacturer, DWF to PDF as model before displaying plotter configuration dialog, Donnie Gladfelter, CAD Geek, Sep 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

Picture Perfect - Adding Images to AutoCAD 360 - press image button in design feed to insert photo, else visit 'markup' tools, click on insert photo option to attach photos directly into drawing, AutoCAD 360, Sep 8, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Translating Between AutoCAD Drawing Points and Geographic Locations Using .NET, Pt 3 - apply static Create() method to instantiate single GeoCoordinateSystem class based on XML retrieved from GeoLocation object in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D - Pipe Networks the Basics - employ interference checking features to identify areas where pipes/structures physically collide, execute extension applications to perform varied hydraulics, hydrology tasks on pipe network data, Trevor Clayton, CADline, Sep 8, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Animation Tools - set keyframes in timeline, employ shortcuts to navigate around timeline, fix frame rate using time configuration tools, apply auto/set key to animate, adjust aerial camera views with populate tools, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Sep 8, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Keep Your Detail View Attached to the Base View - create detail view, select, right click on boundary created for detail view, choose attach option, pick point in boundary area geometry to attach detail view to base view in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Sep 8, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Component Functions in iLogic - customize all component names before referencing names in rule, apply Component.IsActive function to include/exclude component from assembly configuration, Component.Replace to replace part/subassembly with another in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Weird Stuff with Revit Railings - Top Rails, Pt 1 - type of transitions used in handrail or top rail, differentiates old style railing, top rail only with GooseneckTransition, simple transitions, set instance property to change rail horizontal offset in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Sep 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Freehand Chairs - employ point world that allows modifying spline directly, obtain immediate feedback on resulting shape, avoid need for at least one void cut to taper back of chair in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Sep 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Global-to-Local Modeling in FEA - in situ local modeling positions high-fidelity local model directly within overall global model; analysis is run in 2 stages in independent local modeling, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

2D Axisymmetric Model of a Conical Horn Antenna - consider corrugated conical horn antenna model, investigating cross-polarization in horn antenna using COMSOL Multiphysics, Fanny Littmarck, COMSOL Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Looking Under the Hood of SOLIDWORKS 2015 - faster information sharing, new MySolidWorks Standard, Professional subscription levels, model-based definition, new load case manager interface, surface curvature combs tool, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Sep 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Leak Tracker - tips to find unwanted opening in internal flow project in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Sep 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

You Get What You Pay For - Microway WhisperStation has 3.5GHz Intel Xeon E-2643v2 six-core CPUs with 130-watt thermal design power rating, 64GB of memory, NVIDIA Quadro K6000 graphics card, offers amazing performance at $18,889, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

ArchiCAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie Flow, Pt 1: Project Info - understanding importance of improved 'project info' dialogue box in ArchiCAD 18 when working with COBie data, Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects, Sep 5, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles, AEC articles)

History of 3D Printing: It's Older Than You are (That is, if You're Under 30) - toddlerhood of additive manufacturing, period of open-source movement, democratization of manufacturing, 3D printing in its prime, Dana Goldberg, CADdigest.com, Sep 8, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Cool Tools: Wide-Format Printers and Scanners - Canon Océ PlotWave 500, Colortrac SmartLF SG, Epson T Series, HP Designjet T3500 eMultifunction Printer, Contex HD iFLEX, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more large format printer articles, 3D scanners articles)

NVIDIA Quadro 2014 Family of GPUs Power the Full Range of Lenovo ThinkStations - table compares old, new generation of Quadro products, Tom Lansford, CADplace, Sep 7, 2014 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics cards articles)

A Quick Look at the Simplest Way to Share What You Know Using Autodesk Screencast - captures metadata while recording video, displays detailed timeline below video that captures every step for viewers in Autodesk Fusion 360, AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, Donnie Gladfelter, CAD Geek, Sep 5, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

To Simulate and Post Process the Toolpaths - regenerate all toolpaths, then simulate them, enable 'open NC file in editor' check box in 'post process' dialog box to load file into Inventor HSM Edit automatically, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 4, 2014 (more CAM articles, Inventor articles)

AutoCAD - Object Snap Tracking and Command: Line Docking Status - dock command line, else turn on dynamic input to verify if pointer input is enabled, or set 'dimension input where possible' as enabled while keeping dynamic input turned on, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Sep 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Ensure That Your AutoCAD Text is Readable - execute TOrient express tool to make text, mtext, attribute definitions, attributes within blocks readable in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Sep 7, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Issues with Using DEFPOINTS for Viewports - prevents selection of viewport required to change viewport scale, restricts access to erase, move or edit objects later in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 5, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

BASE Command - BEWARE of XREFs & Blocks - open drawing, run BASE command, define new base point to move insertion point of block in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Translating Between AutoCAD Drawing Points and Geographic Locations Using .NET, Pt 2 - apply dynamic object to navigate down through XML DOM, access contents of coordinate system XML easily in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

iLogic - Dimension Text Scale - rule to set text size, remove user input lines, place values depending on sheet size in Inventor, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, Sep 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Work with Rules in iLogic - create parameter to be included in rule, define rule, visit rules tab to edit rule, define collapsible code regions to reduce clutter in rule text area, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Beam Annotations - select set of beams, determine locations on beam where structural framing tags/spot elevation is to be placed, create beams to showcase feature before displaying bottom elevation to beam in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Sep 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Drag 'n Drop Files Into Revit - drop Revit family in Graphics Window portion of Revit to load family in project, insert .rvt anywhere in current project to open file as additional project, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Sep 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Setting Up a 3D View Like a Section View - select section view from floor plan view, run add-in to create 3D view, pick section box from 3D view to check if highlighted representation is same as section view's on floor plan in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Exploring Sheet Metal and Synchronous Technology in Solid Edge ST7 - designing raccoon-proof fish food jar holder using sheet metal design tools, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Sep 8, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Designing Mini Sumo-Robots with Solid Edge ST7's Synchronous Technology - import Inventor, SOLIDWORKS, STEP model files into Solid Edge, design new body, define arbitrary fixed distances between faces using smart dimension tool, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Sep 8, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Solid Edge Draft: Center of Mass Symbol  - placing 'center of mass' symbol on drawing view in Solid Edge draft file, YouTube, Sep 7, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns - 'place block' is located under context menu on library tab, is available after turning on 'show blocks' button in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Sep 7, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Custom Cross Hatching - open hatch pattern file, read table, check angle at which lines are drawn, 2D coordinates of point before applying default cross hatch for material, Ed Hawkins, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Sep 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Tips: Dimensions and Relationships - easy method to add dimensions, sketch relationships faster in SOLIDWORKS drawing, YouTube, Aug 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Avoid Frustrating Errors in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - performing internal analysis on fluid area using wizard tool, making model watertight in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Sep 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Engineering Drawings are Dead - Now What? - get familiar with JT, brush up on geometric dimensioning, tolerancing, understand floor, know suppliers, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

FormIt - Getting Started, Pt 2 - add levels to model to get information for cubic feet, total square footage, use create button to create custom material from any image file, Jarod Schultz, Sep 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

ACA 2015 - Highlighting and Selection Preview - employ PRESELECTIONEFFECT system variable to highlight with glowing or dashed lines, SELECTIONPREVIEW to turn on/off selection preview, PREVIEWFILTER to exclude certain types of objects from receiving selection preview highlighting, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Sep 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

AutoCAD: I Have Imperial Scale List and Need Metric - invoke SCALELISTEDIT command, select reset button on right side of dialog box, select metric or imperial scale list to convert scale in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD units tutorials)

Translating Between AutoCAD Drawing Points and Geographic Locations Using .NET, Pt 1 - attach GeoLocation object in drawing to translate between drawing points, latitude-longitude values in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Vault 2015 R2 Summary - subscription only release offers new copy design experience, unified lifecycle, category, numbering scheme, enhanced item, BOM features, Vault thin client, control open file behaviors, project sync, ADMS console, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 5, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Inventor 2015: Body Integrity Check - utility analyzes model for geometry errors, determines responsible modeling feature, Mark Lancaster, Synergis, Sep 4, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Civil View Workflow Demo: 3ds Max Design 2011, Pt 1 - import .vsp3d into Max, employ feature interpretation style, draping, create swept, railing objects, add customized objects to object library, Marion Landry, YouTube, Sep 4, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials, Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil View Workflow Demo: 3ds Max Design 2011, Pt 2 - tips to reload data to observe design changes, load traffic simulation, create daylight system, render still image with Mental Ray, Marion Landry, YouTube, Sep 4, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials, Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil View Workflow Demo: 3ds Max Design 2011, Pt 3 - method to apply camera outside of corridor, add trees in surrounding using object paint, render animation with Mental Ray, Marion Landry, YouTube, Sep 4, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials, Civil 3D tutorials)

Associate Profile Parameters with Sweep - double click on name of profile type in project browser, change parameter to type to view parameter, button to associate parameter in Revit, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Sep 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Debugging and Maintaining the Image Relationship - start first transaction, import image, attach extensible storage entity to returned image element, commit transaction before allowing ImageType objects to populate dictionary mapping name property value in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Lenovo ThinkServer RD640 Server - Xeon E5-2690 V2 CPU, 32GB RAM, four 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital drives, base price $2,158, fits in small- to medium-host range, Greg Reuter, CADdigest.com, Sep 5, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Focus on Monitors: The BenQ BL3200PT - 32" wide, LED backlit display with maximum resolution of 2,560x1,440, has custom-designed, high-contrast CAD/CAM mode, low blue light technology to reduce eye strain, available for $999, Curt Moreno, AUGI Library, Sep 4, 2014 (more LCD display reviews)

Solving the Mystery of the Invisible Desktops - security, mobility are driving forces for workstation virtualization, GPU acceleration in virtual machines is evolving, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Professional Design Demands a Professional Workstation - to ensure best possible workstation experience, aim for balance between 4 components: processors, memory, storage, graphics, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

5 Steps You Should Take Before Showing Your FEA Results to Anyone - make sure you ask right question, do sanity check, make sure mesh doesn't matter, test second failure condition, document assumptions, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Resetting the SOLIDWORKS Registry - click on search bottom, type regedit, expand registry editor folder to locate sub-folder under SOLIDWORKS, rename folder, reset software options to create new registry folder, TMS CADCentre, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Data Management In-Depth - employ SOLIDWORKS EPDM to integrate data in single environment where simulation files can be managed for different model, set workflow, create custom interface, Ramesh Lakshmipathy, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Communicating PMI with New SOLIDWORKS MBD - model-based definition helps communicate product, manufacturing information in 3D, defines, organizes, publishes 3D PMI, offers drawing-less manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 2015, will be available for $1,995 from October, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Moving Drawing Views Between Sheets - employ 'drag and drop' or control paste options to move drawing views in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Allocate Your Workstation Budget According to Your Workload - consider type of work to be done on workstation: computational or interactive, point to consider when choosing CPU, GPU, RAM, advantage of application certification, Alex Shows, Cadalyst, Sep 4, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Siemens' Perspectives on the Future of Manufacturing - presentation by Sameer Prakash of Siemens focused on key features of Industrie 4.0, increasing competitive quotient in manufacturing sector, Steve Clouther, ARC Advisory Group, Aug 31, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, CAM articles)

5 More Things About PTC Creo View 3.0 M020, Pt 3 - ability to generate additional file formats for Inventor, SOLIDWORKS, to visualize CAE data in JT format, to position assembly for Creo Illustrate, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, Sep 3, 2014 (more Creo articles)

The Art of the Setup Sheet - G-Wizard Editor software has tabs to display information like tool list, macro subprograms, variables, overall information, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Aug 31, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Interpreting 3D Models from Formalized 2D Drawings - creating formalized drawing of mansard roof in AutoCAD 2007, producing 3D model with help of AutoLISP routine, Alexander Yampolsky, upFront.eZine, Sep 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD 3D modeling tutorials)

Create a Realtime Walkthrough of Your Revit Project with Autodesk Showcase - compares process of creating architectural models in Revit with Showcase, discusses modeling, exporting to Showcase, Showcase setup, adjusting materials, lighting, environment in Revit vs Showcase, Evan Troxel, Novedge, Sep 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, Revit articles)

New Autodesk 360 - Embed 3D Model in Web Browser - visit project data tab to select file, click share icon, create public link, choose options before sharing link publically, Justin Doughty, CADline, Sep 4, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

How to Work with Multiple Documents in AutoCAD, Pt 1 - create new document, select drawing template as file type, double click on blue bar to maximize drawing document in AutoCAD, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Aug 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Work with Multiple Documents in AutoCAD, Pt 2 - check display file tabs option, bring mouse over file tabs to view path of AutoCAD file's location, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Aug 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Asymmetrical Roads? No Problem - open style palette, road tab to select road style to be edited, pick copied style to edit, visit configure street dialog to create left group, add streetlights to sidewalk in Civil 3D, Elliott Rosenfeld, BIMagination, Sep 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Importing SketchUp Files into Civil 3D - select import SKP file command to pick, place SketchUp file in drawing, scale manually to set model proportional to true scale of terrain, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Getting Projects Started Using the Set Location Command - create Autodesk 360 account, assign coordinate system to drawing/template, sign in to account to open geographic location dialog box before zooming to desired site location in Civil 3D, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Who Gives a Flying Function? I Do - employ equation curve tool to create 2D sketch, tick 'self symmetric' option while using mirror tool to obtain leading edge, create iLogic form to adjust aerofoil parameters in Inventor, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Sep 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

InventorViewCtrl.ocx (2015) Not Displaying Inventor Files - add folder to end of path in environment variables, keeping other paths unchanged, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Hardscape, Pt 1: An Overview - consider options for creating landscape hardscape in Revit: subregions, building pads, floors, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Aug 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Hardscape, Pt 2: Modify Sub Elements - creating hardscapes with new grading/spot elevations, using floor in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Hardscape Part 3: Curbs - creating curb using 'model-in place' tool in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Get Value from App.config File and Sur la France - ensure that config file is in same location as DLL of addin, place name carefully where addin file gets installed in Revit, Augusto Goncalves & Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Printing Goes Mainstream - diverse leaders are willing to accept 3D into their businesses; Autodesk tops among 10 most influential companies on 3D printing, Bruce Rogers, Forbes, Sep 3, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Next Frontier for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing - 3D printing, related technologies are being used for manufacturing, 72,000 personal 3D printers were sold in 2013, industrial printer sales could exceed 15,000 units in 2015, James Janega, Blue Sky Originals, Sep 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing Makes Its Move Into Production - companies like Lockheed Martin, Ford are looking forward to use 3D printing to produce some replacement parts on demand, Robert Mitchell, Computerworld, Aug 13, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

External Flow Simulation and Internal Fans - external flow type may include any number of internal flow fields, employ internal fan type in both internal, external flow fields, fan field is not equal to flow domain type in SOLIDWORKS, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, Sep 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constraints-Laptop Comparison - slim, lightweight machines that support SOLIDWORKS are still slower when compared to larger machines with similar hardware, choose Windows 7 operating system to increase SOLIDWORKS performance, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Beach Ball Icons in SOLIDWORKS - select face, copy appearance, pick another face to paste appearance, remove appearance by opening appearances list in SOLIDWORKS, John Setzer, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Sep 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Small Business Design Data Management - cloud solutions from Autodesk PLM 360, Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Arena PLM, Aras PLM, Ally PLM, Kenesto, Siemens Solid Edge SP, CADAC Organice, Autodesk 360, GrabCAD are enabling lightweight collaborative design data management needs of some SMBs, John Evans, AUGI Library, Sep 2, 2014 (more collaboration articles, MCAD articles)

Managing the CAM Workforce Supply Chain - create CAM career path, provide learning opportunities with mutual expectation, work with educational institutions, James Wakeford, MoldMaking Technology, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

MicroStation Tip: Raster Manager Cache Manager - raster manager creates temporary cache files of certain image types for quicker raster image display, Rod Wing, Envision CAD, Aug 29, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Exa Q2 Revenue Up 17% y/y as Projects Turn into License Deals - total revenue for Q1 was $14.8 million, license revenue was $12.3 million, up 15%, growth was strongest in Asia, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 2, 2014 (more CFD articles)

The Foundation for Next PLM Platforms - 4 probable sources for future PLM platform development: model-based system engineering, unbundled 3D service, product development standards, database technologies, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Aug 29, 2014 (more PLM articles)

The VDC Cycle: Leveraging the 'I' in BIM - 'virtual design and construction' takes project from design to delivery checkpoints in construction cycle, Elijah Gregory, Paradigm Shift, Sep 2, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Bluebeam Trick: Handwriting to Text Comment on Tablet - Bluebeam Revu automatically recognizes handwriting before placing markup while using pen tool, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Sep 2, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

33 Reasons to Resist the Hype Around 3D Printing - desktop 3D printer can not make anything desired, 3D modeling is still far too difficult for most people, Post processing involves too much labor, Joris Peels, Inside 3DP, Sep 2, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Flexibility of Scaling Objects - select object, employ scale tool to set base point of object, change scale ratio by inputting new scale into unit box displayed beside new object in AutoCAD, AutoCAD 360, Sep 2, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Challenge 4: Customization - set command alias for commands, create command macro, scripts, customize CUI, tooltips, quick properties, keyboard shortcuts to hasten, automate AutoCAD work, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Sep 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

To Create an Aligned Section View - create base view of part, click draw panel, polyline, draw cut line in parent view, open new view to set ortho, aligned type before specifying location of view in AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical articles)

Features in Civil 3D 2015 - Assembly Frequency - set assembly feature as curvature value to achieve suitable assembly frequencies for all curves in Civil 3D, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Sep 1, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Sharing iLogic Global Forms - share global form to another machine by either copying form from global forms tab or by creating global form from destination system in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 2, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

One Assembly Part Displays as Hidden Transparent in My Drawing View - right click on part, select BOM structure, default instead of reference to change settings in Inventor assembly tree, CADforum, Sep 2, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Practical Dynamo: Excel Linking - create new Dynamo file, identify family type within Revit model to get data out, apply CONCATENATE Excel function to add data in column, BIM Troublemaker, Sep 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Planes, Projections and Picking Points - employ debugger to observe coordinates, encapsulate transactions in 'using' statement, implement read only commands, XYZ points instead of separate X, Y, Z double variables in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using the Default Lookup Table Location to Upgrade MEP Projects without Losing Types - determine location where CSV files is to be inserted, create master folder of CSV files, copy CSV files to 'pipe and conduit' folder before opening MEP RVT file, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Sep 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Gate Type in SOLIDWORKS Plastics - model gate, merge runner, sprue into part to mesh gate along with model, add injection location to end of sprue before adding injection location, Will Maier, Design Point Solutions, Sep 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tech Tip: Shrink Fits and Press Fits - apply shrink fit option to solve deformation of male/female interface, select 'list result force' to extract forces from fixtures, apply result force tool to determine forces required to create motion, David Roccaforte, Fisher/Unitech, Sep 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - Desktop Shortcut to Local Vault View - visit Windows explorer navigation pane to drag Vault icon into desktop, else right click to create new Vault shortcut in desktop, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Sep 2, 2014  (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

What Sheet Metal Bend Tables Does SOLIDWORKS Provide with Its Installation? - apply bend, gauge, calculation tables to input bend allowances or bend deductions, calculate sheet metal flatten length in SOLIDWORKS, Mario Iocco, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Sep 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Routing Electrical - Cables - tips to create cable route in 3D, form 2D flattened drawing of cable from scratch in SOLIDWORKS, Bryce Heventhal, YouTube, Sep 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Bending a Bar in SOLIDWORKS 2014 - Instant 3D Creates a Flexible Bar  - create solid bar, define shape to allow for bending, replace profile in SOLIDWORKS, Jonathan Weisz, YouTube, Sep 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SketchUp Pro 2014 - revamped 3D Warehouse, new 'Extensions Warehouse' add-on, classifier tool to apply any classification schema to model, ability to apply IFC 2x3 schema, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Aug 28, 2014 (more SketchUp reviews)

15 3rd Party PLM Tools That Could Make Your Life Easier - ETRAGE WXML Universal Integrator, Directworks for Windchill, BCT ERP-Connect, Kingslake for Teamcenter, Qlik, CIDEON V6 xPDM for ENOVIA, John Myers, PLM Connections, Aug 26, 2014 (more PLM articles)

How to Fix Small Acute Angles for CFD - removing pinnacle of acute angle using simple Boolean unite of box, cylinder, Richard Smith, Symscape, Aug 28, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Automation as a CAD Standards Enabler - making layer 'active' simply by picking object on layer in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Aug 29, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Autodesk Rounds Out Simulation Portfolio with Nastran Products - Derrek Cooper of Autodesk talked about customer-driven evolution of Autodesk's simulation portfolio, Autodesk Labs for Project Ventus for Simulation CFD, Project Sundance, Jill Jerabek, Inventor Connections, Aug 25, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, engineering analysis articles)

ACA 2015: Restoring AecCameraAdjust to Ribbon - open CUI dialog, expand 'Render - ACA' node, select 'Render Camera - ACA' node, verify panel preview shows correct panel, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Aug 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Max Management Tips - scene explorer in 3ds Max 2015 for greater control over object level, layer viewing, reallocate system resources to speed up rendering times, Brian Chapman, AUGI Library, Aug 29, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

AutoCAD Layers Deep Dive Series: Paper Space Layouts - employ plot styles to define, assign named styles to layers, remove color dependency, freeze layers to remove layer from model/paper space viewports, override layer properties by activating viewport, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Create Your Own AutoCAD Pattern Easily - employ hatch maker to create pattern graphically, draw new entity using DRAWHATCH command, run SAVEHATCH command once objects are created in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Aug 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

AutoCAD Integration Samples for Kinect for Windows 2, Pt 4 - invoke KINFUS command to obtain mesh rather than point cloud, create SubDMesh object that contains about 2 million vertices to capture meshes in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Aug 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Inventor - Solving Assembly Constraints - visit assembly browser to change assembly view to modeling view, right click to isolate, edit improper assembly constraints located inside relationships folder, Chris Turner, CADline, Aug 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Optimal Video Card Settings for InfraWorks - right click on desktop to select video card from menu options, pick manage settings from NVIDIA control panel window, locate InfraWorks before adding selected program, Kate Ming, Ideate, Aug 28, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Vault - Reporting on a Saved Search - create search, set advanced find criteria, save search inside 'my search folders,' create report on saved search, select export button from report window to create xls format, Kim Hyde, CADline, Aug 29, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Top Rails in Revit Railings - employ 'top rail' parameter to control baluster heights, click drop-down menu to obtain predefined top rail type, visit profile, transitions parameter to select 2D profile family, regulate top rail behavior, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Aug 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Nested Family Issue - check 'plan/rcp' family element visibility settings option to restore correct shade mode color in Revit project, Jarod Schultz, Aug 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Clarity: How to Add Another User to SQL for Tasks - login to SQL server management studio, expand security, right click on logins to select new login, visit general dialog to add windows account for each user before selecting server role in Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Aug 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Exploring How to Remove a Shared Parameter Definition - employ ADN RevitLookup add-in, snoop database to explore element bound to parameter, visit modify, select parameter ID before opting to delete parameter definition in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Aug 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Gone to Pot - set octagon profile, base it on points, dimensions to lines, turn into scalable profile before loading it into another Revit mass family where form is to be created, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Aug 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Device Wiring: Using Formulas to Deliver Specific Wire Numbers - utilize information existing in variables via formula manager, apply PLC I/O wire number formula to obtain wiring numbers in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Corey Kubichka, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Reusing History in an EPDM Text Control - employ combobox dropdown linked to SQL based list that stores all previous values in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Wayne Marshall, Solid Solutions, Aug 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Making Visuals in SOLIDWORKS vs Composer - compares SOLIDWORKS tools with Composer tool set that are used in creating images, Jesse Sprague, YouTube, Aug 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)